Year in Review: 2017 – A Year of Tumult

In the course of covering events while time inexorably rolls on, it sometimes happens that even though you may have invested a lot of time and effort in a story, you always have to move on to the next one, and then the next, and so on, and, eventually, you might not have total recall of some of the stories you’ve done.

In order to assemble this Year in Review issue, the editorial staff holds a series of lengthy meetings, paging through every issue chronologically, looking for the standout stories from each week to highlight in this year-end roundup. The stories featured are chosen by consensus. We are an agreeable bunch.

I think I speak for all of us that we were surprised by the many issues and people and events and things we’ve covered in the tumultuous year of 2017.

How many jaw-dropping moments did you experience this year?

If you honestly answer “Too many to count,” then you must concede that 2017 was an exceptionally tumultuous year.

We as a society picked at so many long-festering wounds – racism, sexism, jingoism, cronyism, militarism, gun fetishism and a host of other isms. And we couldn’t help picking at these old sores because they made their presence known to us collectively with wearying intensity, as each new day brought new misdeeds and revelations.

In that way, it has been a hard year. But we’re still here, and it does appear the tumult has made people aware of the need to engage, as we have seen at every level – nationally and locally. Whether that enthusiasm for engagement extends into the 2018 elections, we shall see.

We hope you enjoy this condensed version of the year as seen by the Pulse.

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