U.S. holiday of thanks was born in dark times

Commentary | November 25, 2009 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

We will celebrate this Thanksgiving with friends and family, as we should. We should also take a little time to reflect on our privilege and plenty, in the midst of the decline in our economy, the insecurity of many of our neighbors and fellow citizens, the wars with no endpoints, and the diminishment of hope and opportunity in the future. We are not impotent in the face of these larger forces. We can do something. We can help others. We may not be able to shape our world as we would wish, thwarted by more powerful forces. But we can reach out a hand to our neighbors and friends. The idea is simple. Do something! We are not just shoppers, we are doers. Let's do something for our community and ourselves this Thanksgiving.

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