Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Groundhog Day 2012

We've posted before on Groundhog Day. Hope you have a happy one, and that you get the predictive result you prefer!

This year I'm thinking most about the local government aspects suggested by the movie, part of which I saw the other day. Last year I wrote that "Bill Murray is the arrogant city slicker who looks down at the rubes in the small town, until he comes to realize the importance of the small-town community values in Punxsutawney."

As local governments enter (or continue) in crisis mode, with severely constrained abilities to maintain the same level of public services as in the past, it's time more than ever for the rest of us to get involved, check on our neighbors, and really appreciate the communities in our lives where we can find them. When I watched part of the Groundhog Day movie recently, I started to think that the most important theme of the film was not big city vs. small town, but rather the importance of social capital and civic spirit in every community.

Hope your winters' ends are just around the corner.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow-- so that means "six more weeks of winter." Frankly, I never understood that. Where I grew up (upstate NY), having to face *only* six more weeks of winter as of February 2d would have been fantastic!

Matt Festa

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