December 28, 2014 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Is our long winter of discontent over?

All indications are that 2015 will be the year when the pall that has overshadowed our economy will finally lift. The Great Recession, starting in 2007, hit the world hard -- and while European countries remain in the doldrums, the American economy is pulling itself up by the bootstraps of consumer spending. The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research states that the recession ended in June 2009. While that was really good, it didn’t match the mood of the country and didn’t inspire consumers to spend. Rather, they stayed in hoarding mode. However, today there are good signs all around, the main one is the price of gas.

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