The now-concluding calendar year will be recalled locally for several reasons, both good and bad. Herewith some of the lasting memories.
The long run toward a national college football championship, beginning with the victory at Oklahoma, accelerating with the win at West Virginia, steadily gaining momentum with wins over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU, until finally crashing – as most dreams do – in Waco.
Two corollaries – the Big 12 championship trophy and Collin Klein’s inspiring run at the Heisman Trophy.
The sapping heat wave that spanned July, and the near-record drought that continued through the year.
The dispiriting absence of progress with respect to funding of the NBAF, with particular attention to President Obama’s decision to strike construction money from his budget. NBAF is as necessary and important an idea as it ever was, but in the current governmental mindset it is easy to wonder whether Congress and the administration will ever agree to actually build it.
The deaths of more than a half dozen 1st Infantry Division soldiers in Afghanistan, especially considered against the remarkable and inspiring willingness of those troops to serve the nation’s needs, wherever those needs may take them. In 2013 it will take some of them to Africa for missions whose perils at this point can only be speculated upon.
The ongoing municipal debates over the proper function, scope and role of local government, debates there is every reason to anticipate will be re-energized both at the city and county levels in 2013.
The failure of lawmakers and regulators to view mental health concerns as an issue of vital state interest.
The departure, under circumstances that defy explanation, of Frank Martin for South Carolina.
The powerful and sad lesson about the dysfunctionality of government that was delivered all spring by state lawmakers who placed political motive ahead of their duty to redistrict legislative boundaries, in the process sabotaging many of their original objectives.