The fiscal cliff may be a national rat’s nest of a debate over how to best use financial resources for the public good, but Albany’s lighted holiday decorations represent the exact opposite of that.
Pretty much without exception everyone, including the newspaper’s editorial board, agrees that the annual price tag of $2,000 is money very well spent.
The Albany Downtown Association provides that money for the decorations — there are 78 snowflakes and stars in all — and the city pitches in by storing them, putting them in place and taking them down.
As you’ve assuredly noticed, darkness abounds this time of year as the winter solstice approaches. The oppressive lack of light is not particular, of course, to the Willamette Valley, but frequent rain here exacerbates the situation.
The snowflakes and stars provide light, plus a feeling of warmth and holiday cheer and a general relief from the dreariness. Thank you to all who make them possible, and if you want to donate to the program, call the ADA at 541-928-2469 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (sl)