This report from The New York Times this morning reminds me of the tendency of New Mexicans to beat ourselves up while not recognizing how much better off we are, in many cases, than other places.
I suggest the phenomenon runs from blue skies to public corruption. Here is something I wrote for the Albuquerque Journal on the subject.
Ever looked toward LA from the crest of the southern Sierra? Heard of Connecticut?
Meanwhile, someone is reminding me here that we need to get out and enjoy blue skies.