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In retrospect, 2018 was a mighty fine year after all

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Appalled by a soaring homicide rate, a rash of overdose deaths and the untimely loss of a lot of fine people, most Windsor area residents seemed relieved, even delighted, to see a bruised and dented 2018 kicked to the curb.

Like many over a certain age, I always feel a twinge of melancholic sadness when they start warbling Auld Lang Syne and yet another in our finite allotment of years, good or bad, is consigned to history’s dustbin.

But was 2018 really that awful for Windsor? From a social worker or first responder’s perspective, dealing with a homeless crisis and a meth/opioid epidemic that’s sweeping this continent, it was gruesome.

And yet, for the vast majority of area residents, those with secure jobs and reliable incomes, it was a mighty fine year, as anyone who tried to find parking at the malls or near popular restaurants over the festive season could testify. It was a year of record low regional unemployment, a red-hot housing market and countless jobs going begging.

It could be, if the global economy pancakes over the next year or two, as some bearish........

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