Editor's Note
Editor's Note

 



It seems like the world continues to change, and in ways that are as unexpected as they are unpleasant. In an historic ruling in January, the United States Supreme Court struck down regulations that had previously made it illegal for corporations to make direct appeals to the public on behalf of candidates for political office. Now corporations, such as those which provide health care “services” in the United States, may spend as much as they can possibly afford in their efforts to take down elected officials opposed to the progressive reforms promised by the U.S. President and his administration. It would seem like a minor decision in the canon of case law, but I believe the effects of this decision could prove as deleterious to our way of life as any made in the last quarter century.

But it’s not all bad. In the final quarter of last year, the U.S. economy expanded at a rate of 5.7 %, and it would seem that despite a clear path to political, financial and related regulatory reforms, there is hope. That hope remains in the ability of our political leaders to create workable compromises on the important issues affecting our collective quality of life. Though the path ahead might seem uncertain, I believe that we are nearing the point where our leaders will be forced to do the right thing, both in terms of health care, as well as in crafting this nation's foreign policy (particularly as it relates to the acquisition and consumption of precious resources).

As readers of this journal, and as members of the literary world, I strongly encourage you (whatever your beliefs) to get involved in the political process, if you have not already, and make your voice heard. This can be done at the ballot box, as well as on the picket line; you can also bring about change in how you spend your money, and if you happen to have a lot of it, why not use it to bring about fairness in banking and commerce. It's your choice. Good luck.

J.M. Spalding
February 1, 2010
New York