Originally published in Issue 8, Fifty-First Year of The Minstrel (February 2, 2017). Click here to view the entire issue.
I ended last year’s letter from the editor with a quote so I feel like it’s only appropriate to come full circle and start this year’s letter with a quote too.
“As long as you live, there’s always something waiting; and even if it’s bad, and you know it’s bad, what can you do? You can’t stop living.”—Truman Capote, “In Cold Blood”
I love this quote because I think it’s perfect for entering 2017. There is so much waiting for us this year. We will learn, laugh, cry, love, make mistakes, try new things, meet new people, discover ourselves, have good days and have bad days.
Whatever is waiting for us, it’s there. It’s waiting. You have to keep living and taking chances. There’s no one who doesn’t experience hurt and pain in the world, so do your best to make each day brighter for yourself and others.
One thing that has already been affecting everyone this year is the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Most of the country has accepted the fact that he is our president; however, citizens aren’t sitting back and waiting to see what happens. On Trump’s rst full day in office, an estimated 2.5 million people united together at women’s marches in the nation’s capital and cities around the world.
Many are already infuriated that pages on the official White House website, whitehouse.gov, have been disappearing. Some of the pages include those on climate change, civil rights, health care and LGBT rights. It is important that America does not move backwards on these issues and citizens have a greater responsibility now than ever to be informed.
A lot of people have strong views for or against Obamacare with many believing Obamacare is better than the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and vice versa. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” recreated a 2013-segment where he asked people on the street which they preferred. Four years and a lot of media coverage later, people do not realize Obamacare is the nickname for ACA.
While funny, the video is also horrifying, specifically because the reason most people gave for not liking Obamacare was because they don’t like Obama. So let’s concentrate on the facts. We can’t believe every word and fear Trump puts inside our heads because we like him and we can’t dismiss every word he says because we don’t like him. The most important thing is to continue to educate yourself on important issues.
So give 2017 a chance. There’s going to be highs and there’s going to be lows. Most of us have witnessed both already. CJ Bamert talks about his experience at the Women’s March, Jaci Wendel covers the Kraft lecture and Steve Manzo predicts the winning team of Superbowl LI.
Peace, love & DeSales,