Some of us are sorry to see 2010 go. Others believe that 2011 portends far better. But most of us probably can agree that the more things change, the more they remain ... insane.
What was the biggest news story of 2010? The BP oil spill. It was disastrous for the environment and it devastated the economy down there. Locally, the big story was voting for a regular [strong] mayor and the city turning off streetlights to save money.
Name the most influential person of 2010. Whether you like him or not, it was President Obama. He's getting a lot of the policies passed that he campaigned on.
Hazard a prediction for 2011. The Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Super Bowl, and 2011 will be more prosperous for most people, me included. Returning soldiers will boost the local economy.
If you could change one thing about 2010, what would it be? The increasing divide between Haves and Have Nots, those who have a say in things and those who don't. I fought for this country, and I feel I have almost no say in what happens.
Identify the biggest news story of 2010. The protests in Iran following the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the role that Twitter and street-level technology played in that dissent.
Who was the most influential person of 2010? Anuradha Koirala, a woman who helps run Maiti Nepal, an organization fighting to stop women being trafficked into sexual slavery. She was one of CNN's Heroes of 2010.
What's something you wish you'd done differently this past year? I wish I'd spent more time with people and less time on goals I set for myself.
Predict something for 2011. The amazing proliferation of Internet communication will make people less able to relate in the long run. Communication is increasingly less face-to-face.
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Cite the biggest local news story of 2010. Passage of the strong-mayor provision.
Would you rather see Richard Skorman or Doug Bruce as our "strong mayor"? Absolutely not Doug Bruce. Skorman, I don't know, the jury's still out.
Name the most influential person of 2010. Mark Zuckerberg, head of Facebook. A third of all Americans are now on Facebook. Whether that's a positive or negative social influence, we're still learning.
Is there anything you'll miss about 2010? The terrible economy got people asking questions and thinking outside the box. I hope we don't lose that.
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