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Editor’s Thought Bubble: The path forward begins today

By: - January 20, 2021 9:00 am

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Today is Inauguration Day, and it will be one like none other in American history. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in two weeks to the day after a violent mob supporting Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol, in a failed coup attempt that sought to stop Congress from doing its constitutional duty to certify the votes of the Electoral College — which Biden won — in the belief that doing so would ensure a second Trump term. The fear of more violence from domestic terrorists set on starting a new civil war has led to a militarized District of Columbia. Those fears, combined with an out-of-control pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans and sickened millions more, mean there will be no crowds filling the Capitol Mall as in years past.

Today is the day that America takes its first steps in leaving behind the ugliness of the past four years and begins to rebuild its reputation and, hopefully, its soul.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.