Editorial: So much to be thankful for this holiday

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Published: 11/24/2021 4:09:13 PM

Expressing gratitude should be a part of our daily life. But since we have a holiday dedicated to it, here is an opportunity to highlight what happens in our communities that deserve our thanks.

So we give thanks for:

Those who are willing to express their opinions in a respectful manner, whether it is on the Greenfield Common protesting our nation’s politics, on a bridge bringing attention to a business’ environmental impact, or in letters and My Turns on this op-ed page.

Those who provide food for others including our elders, people who have lost their jobs or are struggling to make ends meet with the ones they have. Certainly, area groups have come forth to provide holiday meals. There are also many who do this week in and week out, especially since the pandemic started.

Those who teach and care for our children.

Those in the medical field, whether in our hospitals, clinics, emergency services, schools, nursing homes and more, who have been on the front line during this lingering pandemic.

Those who check in with people just home from the hospital or rehab center to see what they need.

Those who put aside their hesitation to get a vaccine for COVID-19 to not only protect themselves but others.

Those who send get well, sympathy and holiday cards in the mail.

Those town and city officials who made the difficult decision about mask mandates in public places.

Those who choose to spend their money with local businesses.

Those who make and share their music, art and writing.

Those who wear a mask in the close company of others regardless of their vaccine status.

Those who are trying to create a safe haven for refugees.

Those who assist the homeless, especially now that winter is settling in.

Those faith leaders who inspire kindness and generosity.

Those who are concerned about our environment and try to inspire others as well to take action on climate change.

Those who respond to emergencies such as firefighters and police officers.

Those who preserve our history.

Those who are involved in their small towns, such as volunteering for government offices and attending town meeting.

Those who vote.

And finally, those who stay engaged in local news, whether it is in print or online with our newspapers. Readers, we sincerely thank you.


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