PREDICTIONS FOR YEAR 2017
JOHN M. DERBY
December 29, 2016
one has a crystal ball to tell what lies ahead in 2017,
however, if we had, we would make some very positive predictions.
First and foremost, is the rebound of housing.
For too long the squeeze has been placed on home financing
which has been over-regulated and not in step with the needs
of the country.
Yes, admittedly there were mistakes 10 years ago, however,
those were mistakes which came down from the administration
and the Fed.
On the local level the county and city have resolved the
revenue sharing problem, which we might add, was long overdue
and stalled local growth.
Jobs are on the increase, and unemployment is down, but
still not down low enough.
With employment comes the ability to purchase large ticket
items. Cars which have high miles can be traded in for new
or low mileage vehicles. New appliances are needed as well
as home heating and cooling units which have outlasted their
We feel that a higher degree of security will be needed
to see that people can live in a safe environment. Law enforcement
agencies will receive the manpower (and womanpower) they
need to do their job.
Roads will be part of that growth and long-needed repairs
will get the attention they need.
New people on the Board of Supervisors, as well as the City
Councils, will bring in a breath of fresh air, and ideas
to cope with the problems which counties and cities deal
with on a continuing basis.
Taxes will be reduced; not only on a personal basis, but
on a business basis. Making a profit should not be considered
a sin. With profit comes the ability for businesses to expand
and provide more jobs.
Schools, colleges and universities will receive the funding
they need to provide the curriculum which our young people
need to be successful. Some solution to the skyrocketing
cost of student loans will need to be put in place. What’s
the sense of having education which leaves the student indentured
Nevertheless, manufacturing has to return to this valley.
The empty industrial hulls which line our industrial parks
need to be reopened and modernized. This requires capitol
investment from people who want to return this region to
its days of glory.
We predict a bumper year in agriculture with ample water
to allow this valley to be this country’s bread basket.
We predict that a better water plan will come out of this
dispute over who gets how much of the water from our rivers.
We predict there will be a slowdown of the job drain to
other countries, and the playing field will become more
balanced. We can not compete with manufacturing of products
when our competitors pay a fraction of the labor cost that
We predict that the minimum wage will rise — but in
direct proportion to the production of the work force, as
there can be no way such increases can be made without increasing
the value of what we produce.
Finally, it does not bother us that the new administration
is hand picking the brightest and most successful people
in this nation, and we predict that these people will bring
America up to the next step.
We predict a very successful 2017.