It has been a kidney stone of a year.
The media have certainly featured enough bad news to last a lifetime. It’s not really their fault. There has been a great deal of bad news.
Internationally, there has been the rise of terrorism around the world but especially in Paris and Brussels.
Nationally, unemployment is a reality for many and a fear for many more as companies and corporations downsize, though management calls it “right sizing”. The 1% are getting richer at the expense of the poor and the shrinking middle class. The news more often resembles a police blotter report than anything else. Not to mention the insults, attacks, innuendo, and sometimes outright lies (misspoken of course) that now characterize our politics.