I did not do a person of the week for the final week of 2016. It was not because there is a lack of worthy people, but because I think this week should be about reflection of the past year and the optimism of the coming one.
As 2016 comes to a close, lets think about how remarkable this year was. The biggest thing was the election of our new President. The campaign divided friendships, created controversy, and may go down in history as one of the most interesting elections in history. Locally, the elections returned many brilliant people back to office and added some new ones. I think great things are in store for us.
Williston got a gorgeous brand new school. Bronson came together like never before to support a local man who came to coach, and the lady Indians brought home another state title.
Nationally, there was controversy over whose life mattered, who felt unsafe, and who has what right. We saw marijuana become more legalized, prayers demonized, and marriage legalized for anyone that loves another person. Locally, we remained steadfast in the belief that we all care for each other, that we do our best to provide for ourselves, worship as we wish, and that common sense guides best.
Much attention was given to the celebrities we lost this past year and it was shocking and tragic, but no more shocking or tragic than regular fathers, mothers, children, and friends we lost here. Sadness often is remembered, but I suggest we remember the joys we had . The miracle of new souls that came in to our lives, those that were spared from illness, and those that came through accidents with little or no injury.
Our lives were filled with moments of great wonder, great mystery, and great laughter. Through the ups and downs we all came together and grew stronger as a community.
2016 will be remembered by different people for different things. We each can choose what we remember most about it. Let's not dwell on those that took, but on those that gave. The ones that made tireless efforts to make our lives better. The ones that made us smile. We are truly blessed to be a part of this nation of great freedoms, but more importantly this community.
Thank you for your business and support in 2016, I look forward to seeing you all next year. Have a safe and happy new year.