Postscripts on the big stories of 2017: Wildfires, sex harassment and the end of pot prohibition

Twenty-five years ago, after months of unrelenting family scandal, the queen of England uttered a phrase that has sprung to mind more than once in 2017.

“Nineteen ninety-two is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure,” Elizabeth said in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne. “It has turned out to be an annus horribilis.

And so it has been, in many ways, for us this year.

Wind-driven firestorms devastated our state, killing dozens of people and destroying thousands of homes. Sexual harassment allegations torched the careers of so many prominent men in Hollywood, Sacramento and elsewhere that most of us have lost count.