Thinking about tomorrow

July 21, 2009 1:51:06 PM PDT
Ten people shot in Newark, three of them fatally. The City of Yonkers is besieged with a crime spree this month that has hospital emergency rooms busy, residents nervous and police at wits' end. The economy has apparently avoided going into a deep depression, but has a long way to go before those who lost jobs are back at work and those who worry they'll lose theirs can sleep soundly. Health care for all seems a still-elusive dream.

The most famous black academician in the country gets busted for trying to figure out why his front door was stuck (charges have since been dropped by an embarrassed Cambridge Police Dept.) Word tonight that the Second Ave. Subway - planned since the invention of the wheel - may be delayed, again, this time for two years.

Wars rage, the earth is warming at an alarming rate, people are cruel to each other, and folks are discriminated against because of their skin color and religion and sexual orientation and political beliefs.

Problems big, and small.

Yet, still, we persevere. And hope that tomorrow will be better than yesterday.

And that's why we rejoice when children enter the world.

That's why I'll rejoice tomorrow. My wife will give birth to a little girl. Right now I'm floating on air, and, having been there before, I know the feeling will last. I wish my parents were around to see their third grandchild. I'm glad my children are here to celebrate another sibling.

Think I'll take a few days off to bond. This column will resume later next week.

I hope you can join Liz Cho, Lee Goldberg, Scott Clark and me, tonight at 11 for all the night's news.