Viewpoint: Here’s to the optimists who help the D.C. region aim higher

Earlier this week, I got an email from an old colleague, Jim Breiner. Some veteran readers may recognize his name — until about 15 years ago, Jim served as publisher of our sister publication in Baltimore. I knew I was in for a good read and a different perspective.

Jim was and remains an eccentric — and I say this as the highest form of praise. Out of the blue one day, Jim called to tell me he was resigning as publisher of the Baltimore Business Journal. “Odd,” I muttered to myself. Our jobs are some of the best ones in town, and I hadn’t, and still didn’t during our conversation, hear a hint of job dissatisfaction from Jim. OK, once in a fit of budgeting angst, he did complain to me that he could conjugate verbs in every Latin language but would never understand our new accounting system. But surely that hadn’t sent him packing.

“I’ve decided to go and teach journalism in Bolivia for nine months,” he informed me. From the heights of business in Baltimore, Jim was…

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