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Volunteers with Harvest of Hope prepare meals for Thanksgiving Day 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of Chase McKenna)

The year of 2020 has been a never ending saga of take, take, take. 

Health, income, graduations, concerts, weddings, holidays, birthdays, funerals. 

In between the losses, however, there have been people that stepped up to the challenge of giving more of themselves and their resources than ever before.

They held our community up with money, meals, masks, art, attention and love.

We saw that as parents rallied to collect graduation gifts for the class of 2020; as artists performed neighborhood pop-up concerts on traveling flatbed trucks; as restaurants served free meals to both first responders and families in need week after week. 

As the region battles the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus and grapples with the economic fallout of statewide

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The Left reacts most passionately when Republicans nominate women and minorities

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s first Capitol Hill meetings were friendly encounters with Republican senators, but running the Supreme Court nomination gauntlet is bound to get tougher: Conservative women and minorities have aroused some of the most furious Democratic opposition.



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“We want to pray for her family, as we know these will be interesting, tough weeks,” said Mercedes Schlapp, a senior adviser to President Trump’s reelection campaign, in a Catholics for Trump conference call. “I’ve gotta tell you, I’m really, really, really concerned,” added Trump deputy campaign manager Justin Clark.

Barrett’s gender and religion have already figured in some negative coverage of her nomination. An Associated Press report described the 48-year-old as having “close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the ‘head’ of the family and faith,” quoting ex-members as saying it promotes the subjugation of women.

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