Editorial: Perhaps 2018 will be a “good news” year

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This year has seen a lot of different news stories from big TV news stations. In 2017, we’ve seen President Donald Trump’s first year in the White House, the women’s march in Washington, D.C., hurricanes that devastated communities in the South, and wild fire in California (which isn’t really a new story).

There was the Las Vegas mass shooting where 58 people were killed and hundreds more wounded and the Charlottesville, Vir. violence. North Korea was in the news quite a bit for weapons testing. The country conducted over a dozen ballistic missile tests in 2017. An investigation into Russia and it’s involvement in U.S. politics has also taken up headlines. There have been numerous terror attacks across the globe.

The NFL protests were huge in 2017. Kneeling during the National Anthem began in 2016, but garnered more publicity and more players kneeling in 2017.

Then there is the sexual misconduct allegations that just keep coming. In October, the social media hashtag #metoo exploded across the internet. Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

Since then, there has been no end to people coming forward about sexual harrassment, misconduct and rape. To quote Newsweek: “The movement felled powerful men. After investigations by The New York Times and the New Yorker revealing years of allegations of sexual misconduct, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired from the company he built; Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey after several men came forward with stories of harassment; the premiere for Louis CK’s latest film was pulled after he admitted to inappropriate behavior; and several members of Congress have either announced their resignation or that they will not seek re-election after allegations of harassment and misconduct.”

This year has seen a lot of heartache in the news. Let’s see if 2018 can bring more headlines of people helping people and integrity winning the day.

By Denise DuBois, Executive Editor