During New Year’s Eve, many stayed up not to see the emergence of 2021, but to make sure 2020 made its way out.

At the dawning of 2020, who would have imagined a flock of black swans circling the American landscape that included an unprecedented pandemic, an economic roller coaster, widespread civil unrest, a longstanding, contested presidential election and where science has been politicized by a dishonest academic, political and media triumvirate.

Greg Maresca, a local freelance writer, composes “Talking Points” for each Saturday edition.

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