This has been a year of change – and much of it has been good.
A new president will be inaugurated next month, and I’m going to reserve judgment – at least public judgment – until we see how that goes. It never fails to baffle me that, like, a year ago people were predicting that Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz might be the next president. People said Trump was just a gimmick, pulling a publicity stunt. What an interesting turn of events.
Regardless of whether you voted Republican or Democrat, or didn’t vote at all, it’s time for the country to pull together in a unified fashion. What’s done is done. We can’t change the outcome of the election. We can blame Russia and anti-feminism and racism and any other isms you can come up with – but that won’t change the fact that the Donald will be sworn into office on Jan. 20.
So let’s rally together as one of the strongest countries in the world. We are resilient. Even just in my lifetime, we’ve made it through terror attacks, war, healthcare backlashes, school shootings, rises in unemployment and too many presidential/elected official scandals to count.
And guess what? We’re still here. We still have to go to work each day. We still get to decide how our children are educated, where we want to worship and whether we want firearms in our homes. We get to decide whether we want to say “Merry Christmas” or “happy holidays.” We get to vote for our leaders, drive vehicles and choose who we want to marry. We have a lot of freedoms.
Certainly, the U.S. is a work in progress. It has always been, and I believe we can always improve, collectively as a country but also as individuals.
Remember as we close out this year that we have many privileges. Be mindful that those in other countries may not share those freedoms. Even many U.S. citizens are suffering this year due to loss of a job, a home or health insurance.
Let’s be strong, Madison County. Let’s be kind. Let’s love one another and be grateful for what we have.
Cheers to a good 2016 and an even better 2017. Happy new year!
April Towery is the editor of The Meteor. She can be reached at (936) 348-3505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.