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Editorial: Business as usual

December 20, 2012
The Alpena News

The good news this morning is that by reading this editorial, you survived the "end of the world."

The bad news, well, there is none if this appears in print.

While some Northeast Michigan residents were reacting to reports of "this year's Snowstorm of the Year" like it was the end of the world, even it fell well below projections and warnings Thursday.

Instead, the Winter Solstice arrived today just as it always does on Dec. 21, and the only really unusual thing about today should be that it officially will be the shortest day of daylight all year long.

While the Mayan calendar finished off one of its great cycles today, conspiracy theorists jumped at the opportunity to create all kinds of doomsday prophesies. The most popular seemed to include a Star Wars galactic alignment of the planets.

True, water levels in Lake Huron are really, really low - perhaps lending some to blame gravitational pull as a culprit.

However we, like you, still went about our business of planning for tomorrow. Christmas presents have been purchased, cookies baked and stockings hung by the fireplace.

In the words of that adorable red head Little Orphan Annie: "The sun'll come out tomorrow."

Well, maybe.

Happy Winter Solstice.

 
 

 

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