Thankfully, the year 2020 is in its final hours.

Undoubtedly, there has never been a year like this one since the Great Depression.

Beginning with the impeachment of President Donald Trump in January followed by the arrival of the coronavirus in March, the killing of George Floyd in May and the riots, looting and defund-the-police movement that followed to the divisive election in November, it was a year of unbridled tumult.

Of course nothing surpassed the impact of the pandemic and ensuing shutdown with all of the deaths and hospitalizations and fears; with teachers forced to attempt to educate students online; with suicides, drug abuse, alcoholism and depression being exacerbated and necessary surgeries and other treatments being canceled; with sporting events from the NCAA basketball tournament being cancelled to high school sports limiting attendance; to states and cities mandating closures and masks. It has been a year of firsts and not one of them pleasant.

This past year there have been incidences of people slugging it out over toilet paper, hoarding of food staples, rioting and looting, illegal and unfair manipulation of the CARES money and on and on.

However, not dissimilar to what occurred during the Great Depression, in the darkest hours of human suffering, the best of the human spirit also emerges.

There have been numerous examples of people donating to charities, of people risking their own lives to help others, of people bringing food to neighbors, of people sharing what little they have when others are hoarding, of essential workers committed to staying on the job, of first responders and hospital workers toiling long hours without breaks under harsh conditions, of retired law enforcement officers, doctors and nurses being called back to help out.

2020 has been an awful year, a year to forget. But it was also a moment in history when the light of human goodness shone through.

 

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Sagecreek7327

No one is forcing you to read our local paper. It is apparent you do not like anything written in the Enterprise so do us all a favor and stick with Brietbart!

Jim Jones

I wonder how much money The Enterprise's liberal agenda has cost its owners? The people who run this newspaper act as if 75% of the local population is stark raving liberal.

Disgusted taxpayer

Actually the last 4 years has been awful...and will never be forgotten.Shame on Americans for allowing the last 4 years to happen.

Freecitizen

Prior to the pandemic:

Almost 4 million jobs created since election in 2016.

The most employed Americans in history.

Creation of more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs and manufacturing jobs growing at the faster rate in more than three decades.

Economic growth hit 4.2% one quarter.

New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.

Median household income the highest ever recorded.

African-American unemployment recently was the lowest rate ever.

Asian-American unemployment recently the lowest rate ever.

Hispanic-American unemployment at the lowest rate ever.

Women’s unemployment reaching the lowest rate in 65 years.

Youth unemployment the lowest rate in nearly half a century.

Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.

Veterans unemployment reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.

Almost 3.9 million Americans have left food stamps since 2016.

The Pledge to America’s Workers has employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans and promoting vocational education.

Signed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in history. Over $300 billion poured back into the U.S. in the first quarter alone.

Trump tax bill produced lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years for small businesses.

Operation Warp Speed produced vaccines within unprecidented speed with the help of cutting red tape.

Yes, the last year was the pits, but love it or hate it, the totality of the present administration has been a resounding success.

Booneyrat

Depends on how one looks at it.I don't see much hope for all the folks who have lost their jobs,homes vehicles and sometimes lives on this liars watch.If this is how low America has become...too worship greed and money..then may God help us all.

Booneyrat

Seems you left out the other side of the analogy...as Paul Harvey would say "the rest of the story".

Sully53

Freecitizen Please don't confuse the liberals with FACTS. All they will believe is the liberal propaganda shoved down their throats by CNN.

Another little tidbit that the liberals won't acknowledge is this. In 2016 in the runup to the election their biggest talking points was that a Trump presidency would have us in a war with North Korea. As it turns out President Trump is the only President since JFK to not get the country into a war. That alone probably saved more lives than covid-19 has caused. One good thing about covid-19 is that it has cut deaths from heart attack, flu, diabetes, liver disease and everything else in half. Those 2 Cody residents died of Covid because the medical examiner couldn't find any other cause and they tested positive 6 months ago. When was the last time you hear of someone dying of "natural causes"? Those are all swept under the rug as covid deaths.

"It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them that they have been fooled'' Mark Twain

Freecitizen

Booneyrat, as a short civics lesson, the US is a Republic. Each state is free to do as they please with this Pandemic and Thank God we do not have a King reigning over us. You will please note that the MOST people losing their livelihoods and homes live in liberal utopian districts run by tyrants. They have been shut down, isolated, harrassed and arrested for disobeying rules which are not even laws. I submit that your ability to wring your hands and bellyache over a cup of joe with your equally sympathetic leftist at the local coffee-shop is because you (and I) live in a state which still mostly operates on the crazy notion that I know what is best for me and my family. And, you do, too. It's just that what is good for you is not my cup of tea. As to whether any of us is better off with our present President, if it had been anyone else, those vaccines that are now being injected would not have shown up for another 7-8 years, given the regulations in place on Jan 1, 2020. You can thank the liar for cutting that red tape. I look around the world and cannot see another country other than China which is doing any better than us and you only have to look to Europe to see how draconian things have gotten. As for China, well, when you are free to baricade folks into their high-rises, as long as necessary or indefinitely, it's pretty easy to stop the spread of anything, including ideas and freedom.

Jill

And we were not yet annexed to China

Freecitizen

Disgustedtaxpayer said the last 4 years were just "terrible". That was the story. My response is in fact "the rest of the story". And I find it hilarious that the idea of having great unemployment numbers and record-breaking jobs report is just money grubbing and greed, what the devil did you do during your productive years other than provide for yourself and your family, Booneyrat? Was that greed when you worked overtime to put braces on your childs teeth or pay a dentist to put in a filling? Give me a break. Good news is good news to most folks, unless you're talking to a socialist, then good news means their plans are delayed. yet again.

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