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In This Issue: Cabarrus Then and Now

Dec 11, 2020 10:35AM ● By Jason Huddle

Jason Huddle, Publisher

Well, my friends. We made it. It is finally the end of 2020, the year that will go down as one of the worst in recent memory for many people. However, for all the turmoil and frustration we have all endured over the past 12 months. I’m willing to bet you can count a few blessings along the way as well.

As much as we don’t want to realize, or even admit it, we still live in a country that allows us freedoms many do not enjoy, and privileges others only dream of. Despite that fact, many of us still find something to complain about.

Has someone offended you? Blast them on social media. Disagree with another’s politics? Be sure to ruin their reputation by any means necessary. Someone used incorrect grammar in a social media post? They need to be publicly corrected and shamed for such an unforgivable mistake.

When did we lose the ability to be kind to one another? When did we stop accepting people’s faults and when did we start expecting everyone to do and say everything right 100 percent of the time? When did it get so acceptable to throw stones from glass houses?

I get it. We are all frustrated. We all hate this pandemic. We all hate what it has done to our society and livelihoods. We all hate wearing masks. We miss our friends and family. But maybe – just maybe in 2021, we start lifting people up instead of breaking them down. Perhaps we try to supporting someone in their time of need rather than kicking them as they cry out for help. And, if we’re really feeling generous, we just keep scrolling.

Will it solve all our problems? Of course it won’t. But I will say it is hard for animosity and divisiveness to fester when people aren’t doling it out as if it were water.

This month, we wanted you to enjoy some pictures, new and old, of Cabarrus during my favorite time of year, the holidays. We have included pictures from recent times and from simpler times, many years ago. In many ways we have changed, but I believe we have also stayed the same in our core belief that the holidays are something to be celebrated, and they are also a good time to reflect on the blessings we have.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jason Huddle

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