Children massacred in Connecticut.
Fiscal cliff drawing closer.
Gun lobby loading up; anti-activists speaking up.
And today, if you believe the ethereally deranged, all us sinners in the hands of an angry God will get what we've got coming to us. And no, it won't be good.
Please. It's almost Christmas.
At this peak of the holiday season, let's lay down our arms - cold steel and hot words alike - and join arms. Let's practice what He preached: Peace on Earth. Goodwill toward man.
And if we're wrong about that apocalyptic stuff and this is in fact the day blazing chariots will scorch the planet and earthquakes will swallow up the unworthy, we have one final favor to ask. Give us enough time to get out a final edition of this humble little newspaper. Even if there's nobody around to read it, we'd hate to be deprived of covering the biggest news event of all time.
Still time to help
Assuming today is a relatively normal day in the grand scheme of things, Press Christmas for All will still be helping the needy.
And the charitable program that's assisting more than 9,000 Kootenai County residents this holiday season still needs your help.
As of this writing at noon Thursday, Press Christmas for All had not quite reached the halfway point of its goal of raising $199,000. With just four more days before Christmas, that doesn't leave much time for a big push.
We're aware of several large donations that will be accounted for today, but our most optimistic projections based on more than a quarter of a century of raising money for needy neighbors at Christmastime don't add up to $199,000.
If it's within your heart and your means, a miracle or two would be most welcome.