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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

Evil doesn't take a holiday

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Time was when this was the quiet portion of the news cycle.

The arrival of the holidays usually meant a slow-down in big events, to the point where putting together a five minute newscast was a chore, filled with features and best-of lists.

Then came December 2012.

As if the onerous consequences of the looming fiscal cliff aren't enough, we've seen a disgusting rise in examples of man's inhumanity to man--from the Sandy Hook shootings to the ambush of Webster, New York firefighters to another Big Apple subway incident.   Then there's the local horror: a man accused of slitting his elderly father's throat, and of course the murder of a Wauwatosa police officer, supposedly at the hand of her husband on Christmas Eve morning.

Evil didn't steal Christmas, but it sure scratched it up quite a bit.

Could you look at a children's holiday church program and not think of Newtown?   As you gathered with relatives, could you not wonder what the season was like for the family of officer Jen Sabena or for the relatives of those murdered New York state firefighters?

There might be something wrong with you if you didn't.

People still get sick over the holidays.  Some die.  Accidents still occur, and some are fatal.   Seasonal family gatherings often irritate long-simmering tensions.   It's a "Merry Christmas",  but there's the reality that everyone's spirit may not always be bright.

Then came December 2012.

You couldn't be blamed for letting all this year's sadness overwhelm but then, you'd be forgetting what this time of year is supposed to be about.  Hope.  Love.  Giving.  Promise.  Family.  Friends.   Tragedy is oddly abundant this Christmas, but there's more than enough good around to make you think that, no matter how bad, there's more positive out there than evil.   That's true when the lights are bright.

Let's make it happen after the trees go to the curb, too.


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