For a year that has been unbelievably disastrous, blighted by untold difficulties, the annual ritual of choosing the Issue of the Year that, according to Outlook’s wisdom, would impact us in the future as much as it did over the past 12 months has been remarkably easy. Unlike in earlier years when our editors intensely debated and vigorously differed for days over what the single-most issue had been, there was instant agreement this time. Interned indoors for much of the year, everyone grieved the loss of freedoms and acutely felt the importance of rights. I readily acquiesced with good reason.
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