Barack Obama chose to end 2017 in a way that captures his own unique take on things—by highlighting three stories you may have missed in 2017.

I agree. Things like that happen every day all over the country. For example, this one popped up in my twitter timeline today:

It’s a good reminder.

That’s what I wanted to say in my last post of 2017. It’s been a tough year for all of us, but we got through it together—and we’ll do the same in 2018. Before I close out, I wanted to say “thank you” to all of you who read here regularly and keep things humming. You’ve kept me going more times than I can count.

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As has been my New Years Eve tradition over the last few years, I’ll end my year of political pontificating with Bette Midler.

Nancy LeTourneau

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