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Doctors never get used to putting bodies and minds back together after the carnage of gun violence. That may explain angry responses to a tweet from the NRA aimed at their profession: “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.”

My son, Brandon, is sports editor for the Warrenton County Record. He was telling me recently about how excited the Warrenton High School athletes are that their school district is going to a 4-day school week — as money for state education continues to dry up.

We hosted some family get-togethers over the holidays. They were relatively peaceful. We had a few rules. Anyone who broke the ban on political talk had to take a mandatory timeout in either the red room or the blue room.

It’s time to seize the day and build the wall. Not the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for at our southern border, but a wall to stop invading Asian Carp from traveling up our Mississippi and Illinois rivers into the Great Lakes.

What were the most important events in Year 2018? This is the Times’ “Year In Review” edition, when this newspaper grapples with the dilemma of deciding what were the most important issues or events that occurred in 2018.

Remember when Santa just had to bring toys like a Barbie, a Slinky or an Etch-A-Sketch to make the kids happy? Those days are long gone. ’Tis the season to be cyberspace savvy and to have old Mr. Claus deliver an iPhone, an iPad or an iPotty for the wee ones.

Roast turkeys have yet to land on our dining room tables and the Grinch is already loose upon us. However, this Grinch is not looking to steal Christmas, but to heist an election and quash the will of the people decided on Nov. 6.

Covering politics is now a vicious contact sport. Although I have yet to be body-slammed by a politician, or had my Irish good looks disparaged by an angry partisan, I have dodged a few poison darts and brickbats sent my way.

We are a house divided. We've split into different tribes. Division by politics is the most obvious split, but we've also been increasingly separated by gender, by gentrification and by generation.

A common refrain and complaint in the Gateway City is that residents have turned their backs on the river. An ungrateful thing to do when one considers that St. Louis would not be here without the ebb and flow of the Mighty Mississippi River.