There is hope, if you know where to look

At the start of another year, the staff at the Southern would like to wish all its readers, advertisers and contributors a happy New Year, and best wishes for 2011.

Having taken the time to reflect on the good and the bad from 2010 in our two-part Review of the Year, the new year is usually a time to be hopeful as we look forward to the coming year.

However, that may be a little more difficult to do this year, as businesses and Borderers count the cost of a rise in fuel duty and utility bills, as well as VAT, which will leave no-one uneffected.

But before we get too bogged down in the difficulties we all face, it is heartening to read in this week’s paper the ‘good news’ stories that have been happening in the region at the start of 2011.

In Innerleithen the community became a force to be reckoned with after residents in the town, as well as Cardrona, Traquair and the Glen, voted to win a super-fast internet connection come 2012 through BT’s Race to Infinity. Regardless of whether households owned a computer or not, the townsfolk voted for the good of the community, and it paid off.

At a time when businesses are feeling the pinch, Gala firm ProStrakan announced that its drug which treates the symptoms of the male menopause can now be sold in the US. The deal is worth millions of pounds.

And three of our residents were honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for their services to industry and to their communities.

At a time when we may feel the need to tighten our belts and consider the cost, it is good to know that there is hope for our businesses and no shortage of community spirit.