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We can be thankful, even in a trying year

Scott Robert Shaw

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It certainly was a trying year. Thankfully, 2020 is about to come to a close. And while it is tempting to spend these final moments of the year looking back at how much was upended in 2020, it seems a better idea to think of how thankful we are. Thankful for our health care workers, who worked tirelessly to keep us healthy, even while putting themselves at risk. They certainly earned their keep.  We are thankful for the flexibility of our teachers who adapted to new techniques to educate our kids. They tried to keep things normal in a year that was anything but. The pandemic cost many people their jobs, and hunger has been on the rise. But we are fortunate to have so many charitable organizations and caring people who have worked harder than ever to keep our most vulnerable safe, warm and fed. The pandemic upended the typical work day for many, but we discovered the flexibility of working from home. We missed our family and friends, but were still able to connect on our phones and computers, at least once we learned how to Zoom. Even in an awful year, we still have plenty to be thankful for. Something to keep in mind as we wait to see what 2021 may bring.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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