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What the world needs now

| November 15, 2020 1:00 AM

With an audible grunt, the editor tore up today’s editorial.

It was yet another rant against elected officials failing to support Kootenai Health in its hour of need, of turning their backs on the business community and on students who need to be in school full time, and…

…Yep. You’ve heard it all before.

Several times.

But here’s the cold, hard reality: Some of us are going to continue to believe that refusal to wear a mask and to socially distance is a crime against our neighbors, and some of us are going to believe something else. That’s why today’s opinion piece, the first version, has been shredded and relegated to the Tomb of the Unknown Editorial.

May it rest in pieces.

And in its place, let’s try this on for size.

Christmas music.

Yes, we’re serious.

Instead of the shrieking from opinion writers and presidential personalities and millions of Americans upset about this, that and everything in-between, let’s listen to Bing Crosby and Burl Ives and Nat King Cole and Andy Williams for a little while. Let’s subject ourselves to a blizzard of musical bliss, something almost all of us can agree is uplifting and unifying.

You can pull out your collection of Christmas CDs or albums at home and you can tune to KISS-FM 98.1 in your car. KISS 98.1 is already filling the airwaves with holiday tunes.

You can drive your co-workers crazy, in a good way, by opening YouTube in a browser window and humming along to some Christmas classics.

We need a little Christmas, right this very minute. Let’s do it not just for our country, but for our battered, weary peace of mind.