"Peace on earth, good will toward all men." That's what the season is supposed to be all about.
In truth, these are troubling times. We've been trying to honorably get out of a couple of wars, only to see our nation being dragged back into the Mideast conflicts by the barbaric ISIS threat. For all the lives and treasure we've spent there we haven't come close to solving that troubled region's problems.
At home, we have our own problems. Ferguson has become a symbol of the racial divide that still plagues this country. We thought that had almost gone away, but apparently it just went underground. In a town like Mountain Home, where diversity is embraced and applauded, we sometimes forget that in other parts of this country it is not welcomed so warmly.
And we are a month away from a major change in the government, with promises of massive changes in policy. Somehow, however, we expect the fundamental issues causing the dysfunction aren't going away. No mere numbers game will fix that.
But we have to keep trying to fix things. It is not in our nature to give up. Peace and good will toward all men are still goals worth trying to achieve.
-- Kelly Everitt