This past year has had its trials for our region, to be sure. President Donald Trump has implemented policies that are anathema to our community and region’s values, not the least of which was his Federal Communications Commission gutting net neutrality. But there is much to be grateful for, including individuals who have stood up for those important values of freedom, tolerance and equality. The Seattle Times editorial board brainstormed a list of meritorious contributors and checked it twice. We commend these individuals, their achievements, actions or leadership for your appreciation.