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Our Opinion: Time to be thankful

November 21, 2001

It's been a difficult year — at least the last couple months of it. People could find reasons to have little for which to be thankful. Some people — even in the Imperial Valley — are without their loved ones this year because they are serving in a dangerous area of the world.

We still think there is much to be thankful for this year, even in this time of sadness at all the lives so hatefully lost at the hands of terrorism.

Out of the tragedy has come a time of recovery. That is an important word. The country has banded together in a way that has allowed it to start the healing process. Indeed we can be thankful that our nation is going to recover, that America is strong and that our way of life has not been challenged by the warped hatred of fanatics.

As we celebrate today in traditional ways — enjoying a meal with family and friends, watching football and parades — we should take a moment to really think about the reasons for which we can be thankful. Look at your family and friends and be thankful you have them. Look at the food on your table and be thankful you can provide or enjoy such a bounty.

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The fact is not everyone can share this holiday with friends or family or enjoy such a meal. Now is the time to think about such people. Many people in the Valley do think of such people by volunteering their time to cook meals or serve food to those in need. Others invite people into their homes.

Now is the time of year to give of yourself. If you do not have the time to volunteer to help, then perhaps you can give a donation to groups that depend on such help like the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Calexico Neighborhood House or any other organization that work to provide for the welfare of others. If you cannot give money, maybe give food or clothing. The important issue is to think of others and to give what you can.

And today you can say a prayer or spend a little time thinking about those serving our country, those risking their lives to make sure terrorists cannot touch our country again. We should be thankful that our country and even our Valley produces such heroes. They are the ones who assure we can celebrate this holiday in peace with those important to us.

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