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BRONX TIMES R 12 REPORTER, DEC. 25-31, 2020
BY BRONX TIMES
Friday, the city celebrates Christmas
Day — which, in the tradition of
other winter holidays such as Hanukkah
and Kwanzaa, includes the themes
of light and hope.
We’ve heard so much about what
a horrible year this has been — and
it has been horrible. Coronavirus, social
unrest, protests, political divisions,
economic strife — there is little
redemption for 2020, and all of us will
look back on it with varying degrees of
We live in a dark period, and in
darkness, despair too easily sets in.
Yet there remains room for light and
hope, particularly in this city. And,
like the celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah
and Kwanzaa, we have much
to look forward to in the year ahead
— even as we cope with the very diffi
cult present before us.
For one thing, COVID-19’s grip upon
our city, country and world, while still
too awfully tight, is slowly loosening.
Vaccines — a miraculous feat developed
at record speed with the advent of
science and the marvels of human ingenuity
— are fi nally beginning to be
The crisis is far from over; we
must all continue to be careful, smart
and safe. But each person vaccinated
brings us a little closer to the end of
this horrifi c tragedy — and not a return
to normalcy, but rather a return
to life as each of us wants to lead it.
The streets of our city will become
busy again. Businesses will reopen in
full; those businesses that didn’t survive
the year will be succeeded by
others that will survive decades. The
economy will roll once more.
But we also look forward toward
the rebuilding of New York as a more
equitable city. This year has brought
to the fore the long-ignored issues of
inequality. The effort to end inequality
in New York City has only begun;
it won’t be completed in a year or a few
years, but it must continue.
We also have a new ally in President
elect Biden, who takes offi ce on
Jan. 20. We hope he gives this city the
help it needs to rebuild — and that
those who work to undermine him because
Trump lost will have a change of
heart, and respect the will of the people.
Our wish for you this holiday season
is peace, health and happiness,
now and in the future — and that we
take care of ourselves and each other.