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HAPPY HOLIDAY’S AND GOODBYE 2020: We are almost done with what is collectively the worst year of our lives. Personal tragedy may have made some years worse on an individual, but not in most of our lifetimes have so many suffered so much. Beyond the economic cost from Covid, the human toll has been tremendous physically and emotionally. This has been compounded by the worst political environment in our lives, this too has caused immense damage to the country, friendships, and families. The damage of 2020 will outlast my life and the country has tremendous work to do. There are ways out of our problems. They require compassion, an understanding of other people and the willingness to stop seeking only media that inflates existing biases. Facts, science, and reality must prevail if we are to avoid becoming the next Russia. We have ample reasons to be positive and have hope, but it will take work from everyone. Below is a prayer from after the 9/11 attack that rings truer than ever today.  

We Are Unbreakable 
Rabbi Marc Gellman 
A Prayer for America, Yankee Stadium, September 23, 2001 
The Talmud and the African tribe, the Masai tribe, both teach a wisdom for our wounded world. They both taught: 
Sticks alone can be broken by a child but sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. 
The fears and sorrows of this moment are so heavy, they can break us if we try to bear them alone. But if we are bundled together – if we stick together – we are unbreakable. 
And we shall do far more than merely survive. We shall overcome. We shall overcome the forces of hatred, without allowing hatred to unbundle us. We shall overcome the forces of terror, without using fear to unbundle us. 
So in all our comings and our goings, from this time forth, let us remember: That the person next to you, in front of you, behind you, is not merely an obstacle to your free and unfettered life. They are a part of this bundle, that keeps you and each of us from breaking
Let us never again view our fellow New Yorkers, our fellow Americans, our fellow citizens of the world, as limitations on our life or freedom. But rather as the moral twine that binds us, and saves us, and delivers us from evil. 
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As shippers work to meet unprecedented demand for holiday delivery this season, on-time performance data for the leading parcel delivery carriers underscore the value of early and extended peak season activity and retailers’ ability to leverage alternate fulfillment methods, industry research shows. Data from Austin, Texas-based last-mile technology firm Convey shows that UPS and FedEx are maintaining performance levels during the surge—thanks to volume limits and other strategies aimed at managing capacity—while the United States Postal Service (USPS) has seen falling on-time performance as it picks up . . .

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