We need look no further than Newtown Connecticut to realize how little some value human life.
It is an unthinkable horror that is particularly brutal coming at a time of year when what we should be thinking about is peace on earth and goodwill toward each other.
So yes, Mr. President, I did hug my girls a little tighter, even though the response was their usual, "Ugh, Dad, gross!"
So while it is true that I always anticipate the fresh start that comes with a New Year, this year I also realize all too well that there are some things that we can not, will not ever forget.
So while we keep those families in our prayers we must also strive to use the clean slate that comes every January 1st to make 2013 the best it can be.
Dr. Jim Kurre of Penn State Erie says that local economic indicators have no blaring alarms going off when it comes to the area job scene.
He sees slow steady growth; a continued track out of the morass that was the Great Recession.
No one is arguing that a booming market is around the corner but slow growth sure beats some of the alternatives.
The runway extension is now complete; a project that is seen not only as a safety issue but also an essential element in attracting business.
Work also continues on the Inland Port Project, the effort to make the region a logistics hub by moving cargo through containers that can be stacked and moved by truck, train or boat.
It's one of those things that can quietly build into a lot of jobs in the area.
So while 2012 ends on a terribly sad note there are signs of hope that come with the New Year.
Let's hope we can continue to move forward, remembering the past but embracing the future too..