The country soldiers on. Many work remotely and they are the lucky ones. They may be bored and lonely and starved for authentic human interaction – something that is not really possible in a Zoom call – but they are working and they are reasonably safe. Then, there are the people who cannot work remotely and whose jobs put them at risk. But, then, at least they are working.

During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the St. Johnsbury Fire Department and the Caledonian-Record founded the Santa Fund to help struggling families and their children. Ninety years later, the effort to enrich the lives of those who don’t have the wherewithal to do it themselves is still going strong.

An incoming phone call on your landline would knock you offline. Netscape was the most used browser. Amazon was in its infancy and sold only books. Google, Facebook and Twitter had yet to spring into existence. In 1996, the internet was an entirely different animal than it is today. It was in 1996 that the Communications Decency Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Contained in the law is a provision titled Section 230.

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