Q: What is your positive prediction?


Luis Ayala: “More snow, so no school.”
Cesar Valasquez: “For the country, I think we’re in a situation that everything is getting worse, but personally, you can have a good spiritual life.”
Mario Mata: “I think the economy will get better.”
Walter Ayala: ” I think there will be more jobs for people. Right now there are no jobs. There will be more jobs that pay more, so anybody can work and help their children.”


Jo Ottman:
“My belief is that if individuals or people of the world
try to turn themselves back into being the eternal optimists, the world
will surely become a better place for all of us.
    And becoming
an optimist involves not only changing your thought processes but change
your actions becoming less self-focused and more world-focused, and
becoming more confident that you have the power to change not only
yourself and your outlook, but the outlook of people around you, which
radiates out to everyone they interact with.”


“I think that ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ is going to be
repealed. I have a lot of friends in the military who are gay and it’s
really sad they can’t express themselves. Some of them are Special
Forces, and put their lives at risk for their country.”


“Something good for me is I will have all my own things,
like my own computer, my own room, my own plane.”
Zhong Hao Tien:
“Souvenirs, travel, movies, internet, games and a lot of snow.”



“I guess no matter how you look at anything if you’re heading in the
right direction you’ll be happy.”


Jake Miller:
“I predict that more restaurants around the country will support local
farmers, and purchase their goods from local farms.”


“I think that a paradigm shift has occurred about doing what
it takes to succeed as a nation relative to global warming. People
don’t realize we have changed; it’s almost universal. People are
demanding organic and green products.”


Latonya Abrom:
“Because I do real estate, my positive prediction is that the market
will turn around. It has to turn around — that’s the only way the
economy will recover.”

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About the Author

Julie Wiatt
Julie Wiatt moved to Takoma Park with husband “Coach G” Weinstein and son Zak during cicada season May 1987. They (Julie, G and Zak, not the cicadas) were part of a migratory pattern from an Adams Morgan group house. Before coming to this area she was a wanderer, taking photos in St Croix, working on a community newspaper in East Boston, tracking bats in Panama, studying biology and art in New York City. Julie loves the Voice, considering it a wonderful way to know and celebrate Takoma Park and Silver Spring.