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“Subject to Change” was an alternative title for this site. It lost out to other considerations but has reemerged atop this column, which attacks the subject of change from another vantage but to the same effect: emphasizing how fast change is overtaking our universe and, hopefully, inspiring an interest if not a determination to assure that its advance is more for us than against us. That’s admittedly an ambitious goal and while we don’t promise to reach it, we will try. If our efforts do not reach to those of a revolution, we do aspire to be revolutionary.

What we didn’t realize was how much we didn’t know ourselves about what’s going on in the world. Apple’s new campus in California had escaped our attention, along with its demonstration that the vision of Steve Jobs would be manifested so magnificently years after his death. We had no idea at all that the women of Delhi in India were taking into their own hands pushing back on their mistreatment. We knew that technology was racing ahead of our ability to keep up but we weren’t aware of the eventual possibility of building factories in space and the present capability of a robot to perform surgery. 

Not only do we believe that change is a good thing, and that good change is necessary to confront bad change as well as to correct those errors of history or habit that still possess the nation and the world, but we are ourselves subject to change at every moment. That was demonstrated in the current issue when we “stopped the presses,” as it were, to insert the story about President Trump’s withdrawing from the Paris climate accords. That single presidential action had an impact on change that will reverberate for months if not years to come, and while other of our stories may be more evergreen we couldn’t wait to make this one available to our readership. In the process it demonstrated that we could add daily coverage of breaking news to our abilities.

This column shouldn’t stand in the way of your discovering on your own the accompanying collection of wonders in our world, including the joyful story about Lacey Baker, “the rebel queen of skateboarding,” and the conversation between Nate Silver and Mark Cuban on politics and baseball. But we do call attention to the letter from Jeff Bezos of Amazon that concludes page three. It is included not only for its insight into that organization but for its illustration of what is required to succeed in today’s changing world. On our own Day 1, we vow never to be Day 2.

Don West for New Times Always!    


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