I would like to agree with Mr. Halpern in that the media has created such a unnecessarily nasty image of the economy. In reality, recessions are natural occurences in every business cycle. Of course, unemployment has risen over the past couple of months, and as far as real estate is concerned, foreclosures have increased and there are more homes on the market than there has been in recent history. However, it is time for us to focus on the positive aspects instead of floundering around in the negative. For instance, interest rates are at historic lows, and more homes means greater variety and more bargaining power for potential buyers.