Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2006 | I Hate It When Scott Lewis Is Right: In his latest post the often fearless co-executive editor of the someday Pulitzer Prize winning voiceofssandiego.org said the following:

My New Year’s resolution is to extricate myself from the constant bit-by-bit unraveling of the city of San Diego’s government and explore some interesting stories around the county.

I know exactly how he feels. He sees what’s coming. And, he is going in another direction — away from the city.

Like you, at the end of the year I think about what has past, and what contributions I can make in the new year. This got me musing a bit.

Over the last year, with your help, I have written on many of the chronic financial afflictions of the city’s condition. They are big and unpleasant and real.

But, we’ve done that. And, it’s a new year.

Maya Angelou said:

If the future road looks ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction.

Like Scott Lewis, I recognize the city has no resolve to go in another direction. And, like you, I don’t like the road we are on.

So for now, I’m resigning my vaulted commission as a weekly voiceofsandiego.org opinion contributor to someone else. The beginning of the year seems like the right time.

My thanks and best wishes in the upcoming year. I hope our paths cross many times.

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