It’s been a great year here at the Strip and in my household. My family and I have enjoyed visiting your homes, and we look forward to being part of your lives in 2008. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy New Year from all of us. To the rest, Merry Christmas, too. This season is going to be particularly tough for friends of mine in Haliburton. Sun Media bought the local newspaper (the Haliburton Echo) a few months ago and downplayed the prospect of cuts. They’ve finally arrived. Five friends are now jobless, including some who spent the bulk of their careers making that newspaper one of the best in Canada. Two head office executives gave them an hour to leave; they barely had a chance to say goodbye. I’m glad I didn’t witness the announcement. Jamie, Donna, Renzo, Sharon and Buffy, I’ll be thinking of you this Christmas.