Many of you are familiar with the old “Chinese Curse,” which goes something like this: “May you live in interesting times.”
Those of us who endured the extraordinary year that was 2020 will certainly never forget it. Life seemingly ground to a halt in the middle of March as the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread across our country. As the year went on, the pandemic took hold of our region, pushing our healthcare system to its limits.
Bad news was never hard to find in 2020. In fact, it was almost unavoidable. Daily charts and graphs offered a grim reminder of the spreading pandemic. Our local businesses suffered a great deal, unemployment spiked and isolation became a way of life for many, especially our oldest citizens.
But like flowers growing through a crack in the sidewalk, the resilience and ingenuity of our neighbors allowed us to fill our pages with good news, the lifeblood of this publication. Business owners found ways to open safely, people found a way to connect from a distance and healthcare workers inspired us all through their selfless, unrelenting commitment to care even in the face of a deadly virus.
As always, thank you all for taking the time to read our newspaper each week. Here’s hoping for a peaceful, “uninteresting” 2021.