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Last March, after the stay-at-home order went into effect, domestic violence hotline calls to the Cocoon spiked by 40%. Since then, hotline calls have increased by 15% every month.

Extremists in the U.S. come in many different forms — white nationalists, anti-LGBTQ zealots, racist skinheads and neo-Confederates. The rise of extremism and the subsequent rise of extremist violent attacks in the United States have been growing steadily since 2007.

Remember the war on poverty? How did that work out? How about the war on drugs? Is there any less poverty or drugs today than there was in the 1960s?

A new year, a new beginning and new hope. We have a new president and a new direction. We should try to make this new year better than 2020. Let us all be more positive. This shouldn’t be hard since last year was filled with so much negativity.