Be grateful for what unites us as a nation

on thanksgiving day, focus on the blessings of being American

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Thanksgiving is a time for

remembering, for honoring traditions; a day of gratitude, a day of peace.

The story of the first Thanksgiving, when pilgrims and Native Americans shared a meal in 1621, is an appealing one. It conjures up images of camaraderie and friendship, of a cooperative community where people of different backgrounds gathered together at the same table to break bread and give thanks.

Perhaps this year more than ever, we need to focus on what unites us instead of what divides us.

Let's make this Thanksgiving an opportunity for those of different races, religions and political persuasions to come together, count our blessings and work toward making America a country where all can share in its bounty.

As we take a moment to bow our heads and thank God for our many blessings, may we also ask Him to help those who are struggling this holiday season. Let's remember especially those who serve this nation in the military, especially the men and women in harm's way in Afghanistan, and those at home who will celebrate this holiday with a loved one far from their dinner table. And let's also remember those whose family circle has been forever broken because of war.

Let's work to find some common ground by opening our hearts to come together in the spirit of good will for all men.

If we concentrate more on what brings us together than what tears us apart, we can all serve as a force for good this Thanksgiving, and throughout the coming year.

We wish our readers, their families and friends a blessed, joyful Thanksgiving celebration.

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  • Unfortunately the democrats have made their position clear. They will not now or ever compromise nor focus on what we have in common. They only will agree to what they want and nobody else is smart enoght to understand or they are racist for disagreeing with the democrat position.

  • Ian, dude, settle down. Kick back and relax, it's Thanksgiving. To be so negative towards such a nice article is somewhat troubling. If you are this agitated at 6:47 AM, by noon, you'll probably be climbing the flagpole in Ravenna. If you will take one thing from the article above, please take the following: "If we concentrate more on what brings us together than what tears us apart, we can all serve as a force for good this Thanksgiving, and throughout the coming year." Happy Thanksgiving, Ian, and I mean that.

  • What unites us is massive debt, fiscal irresponsibility, a collection of the absurd that we call Congress. We don't have to watch our country launching men into space, we don't have to worry about Benghazi anymore. Yes, so much for which to be thankful.