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I’d like to wish you a happy new year, but instead I’ll just say “good riddance.”

Yes, 2012 is a new year, and let’s hope it will be happy – not, for example, like 2011, which was a stinky old year all around.

“Living Here,” Republican-American, January 1, 2012

To be fair, have you ever looked back at a year and said to yourself “Ah, that was a good one! I’d like to do that one over again!

Usually not. Hope springs eternal. That’s why we wish each other a happy new year, because it just HAS to be better than the one before. Right?

To be sure, 2021 and 2020 were really bad years. So was 2011, but then it was wild weather, not a pandemic. My area had ice storms and blizzards that winter, Hurricane Irene in the fall, and the freak Halloween nor’easter that took out power throughout the Northeast. And in 2001 it was 9/11 and an economic collapse. Just in case you think there’s something new under the sun…

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