Hello 2021; goodbye 2020.
We can all agree that 2020 was perhaps one of the worst years of our lives. Many of us have been touched by the coronavirus pandemic, either contracting the virus, knowing someone who has, or worse, a friend or loved one who died from it.
Hearing the daily reported death counts is erily reminiscent of the Vietnam War era when the Department of Defense would provide daily announcements of the number of American servicemembers killed.
Depending upon one’s age, they can reflect back on tragedies they experienced.
For me, I was 16 when President Kennedy was assasinated. That made an indellible mark on me. Then there were the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
Many years later, there was the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, 9/11, and now this – COVID-19 that continues to take lives.
Let’s hope that as more and more people are vaccinated, we can stamp out this deadly disease and resume some degree of normalcy in our lives. Hopefully, that will start with 2021 – a new beginning for America, with a new president and a different style of governing as well.
Happy New Year to one and all and thanks for your support for MidHudsonNews.com as we enter our 22nd year of online reporting.
- Hank Gross, Publisher