During this past year, I have been fortunate - no, make that blessed - to have met many new people who I have now come to call "friend."
Because many of these people are reporters for/colleagues from the radio show I'm involved with, I've never met them face-to-face. They are sometimes in far-off corners of the globe covering wars, foreign intrigues and events that will one day occupy places of importance in history books (and in legends parents pass down to their children).
One of these people, Salena Zito (who writes for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review), is someone I have gotten to know quite well during 2010. Salena possesses a quick wit, a sharp eye and a well-tuned ear. She also works harder and writes smarter than most journos I've had the pleasure of knowing in my career.
All this to say, when I first read this piece by Salena, I was touched. This lady writes like nobody's business when it comes to the world of hardscrabble politics in the rough-and-tumble Rustbelt of America. More importantly, though, she can write a story that not only makes you think but also makes you feel.
And those are the kinds of stories that matter.
So with that, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.