We’re only a week away from Christmas (if you haven’t finished your shopping, there’s a plethora of local options… check out the Shop@Home section!), and we’re two weeks from the new year. That also means we’ve got two weeks till the end of our fundraising campaign for the matching grant that will help us keep local news coming your way each week. You can donate online, or as some of you have done, mail a check or drop by the office. It’s been a note of encouragement for us to hear your voices and know that the work we do matters to you.
I, for one, am looking forward to giving 2021 the kiss-off. It’s been a rough year in a number of ways for so many of us. Almost two years into the pandemic most of us have lost someone or at least know someone who has lost a friend or loved one to COVID. We’re all dealing with economic pressures, we all loathe politics and politicians, and we’re all worried about the future of our democratic republic, regardless of our personal political bent, and underlying it all is the stress that comes with uncertainty.
Every new year (and new day, for that matter) brings a measure of uncertainty, of expecting the unexpected. It’s getting harder to anticipate what the unexpected might be, given the last few years of “unprecedented” and “historic” events. Sometimes — maybe all the time, at least according to the Bible — it’s best to just take one day at a time.
On another note, if you haven’t done so already, please set aside an hour to watch the final budget hearing on the county’s YouTube channel (our reporting on that meeting is in this week’s edition, but I fear we’re much too kind sometimes). Suffice to say, the meeting itself was richly spiced with irony, and peppered with stellar examples of the kind of “leadership style” that currently colors local politics. There’s a lot I could say, but I believe you, our readers, are well able to draw your own conclusions.
Back to that one day at a time thing…
By NIKI TURNER – email@example.com