2018 was, well, a year.
But if there’s anything I learned from 2018, is that with every setback, with every event that made us want to throw our hands in the air and give up, community members emerged and turned the setbacks into something powerful. Silent Sam led to brave student activism. Mass shootings led to national movements. Political turmoil led to the most diverse House of Representatives in U.S. history.
And that’s what I’m taking with me into 2019: a strong belief in the community and the people in it.
I’m starting out the year as the new opinion editor. (The Editorial Board voted to impeach Alec Dent, our former opinion editor, because he dislikes memes and “The Office.”) The opinion page is the center of the Chapel Hill community, offering a place for discussions on topics that directly affect us. It’s the soul of the paper and the community. Running that is a responsibility that Elisa Kadackal, our new assistant opinion editor, and I hold seriously.
In a time as polarized as ever, it’s crucial to have a place for civil debates and reflections on our community and beyond. An opinion page should expose readers to diverse points of view, which they are welcome to contend or disagree with in guest columns and letters to the editor.