Top News Stories of 2010: Did Yours Make The List?

December 22, 2010

(ChattahBox Op/Ed News) – The Associated Press released its list of the top 10 news stories of 2010, and there isn’t a surprise among them.  But this list while jogging our memory is also a reminder of what still needs to be done and at some level how much impact the past year has had on our lives.

Here is their list in order of importance to them:

    1. GULF OIL DISASTER
    2. HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL
    3. US ELECTIONS
    4. US ECONOMY
    5. HAITI EARTHQUAKE
    6. TEA PARTY MOVEMENT
    7. CHILE MINE RESCUE
    8. IRAQ
    9. WIKILEAKS
    10. AFGHANISTAN

      This list represents some remarkable markers in history for a variety of reasons, more than a few of these stories have the great potential to be the top stories in 2011 as well, and that does not speak kindly for expectations for our collective political future.

      Iraq and Afghanistan, Health Care Reform, Employment, and WikeLeaks all have potential to be major news stories as 2011 unfolds and the political climate, already tenuous, has all the makings of incredible drama and life changing activity.  2011 promises to be a radical year filled with division and decay, and if the American electorate isn’t careful and demanding the fight for our inalienable rights could and will get nasty.

      Looking at the list above, do any of you feel that there was a story that was left off that was more deserving of a mention?  Was there a story that should have been included and why?  Feel free to post your comments and other top news stories for us to share and commiserate about.

      I’ll start with one that I felt deserved a top ten mention and then I will look forward to reading some of yours.

      I believe the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a profoundly humane response to a policy that was beyond disrespectful or disingenuous.  The repeal of DADT is the next step in reaffirming that the United States Constitution as a document is powerful and inclusive.  It is an affirmation that the idea of equality is more than a word and that no matter what, the repeal of DADT speaks to a purely sane and compassionate idea that people have a birth right to be who they are and to live openly, which is a foundational pillar of what freedom means to me.

      Now it’s your turn.

      Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer.  He can be reached at tony@mediatony.com and can read his Blog at http://www.mediatraining.me


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