Jumping on the bandwagon to blare about what’s coming in the new year is an occupational hazard of news people in general, columnists in particular. Reporters must do it by sticking to quotes or facts; in other words, by using stuff based on others’ projections and predictions. Columnists get to prime the pump from fertile imaginations, though it’s best to stick with some logical extension of the factual past and possible future that is rooted in the observable present. “Never make predictions, especially about the future,” warned Casey Stengel, the wily New York Yankees’ manager famed for his mind-twisting remarks …
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