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Thankful now... and then

Today is the day we take some time and give thanks.

I like to think I'm an optimistic guy, most of the time, so let's take that a step further and think: What would make me even more thankful in another year?

• I'm thankful:

For my family and friends, naturally and most of all. This year has been a sad one on one hand, with my dad finally losing his long battle against cancer. But on the other hand, my family did reconnect with my nephew and sister-in-law after nine years apart.

• I'll be even more thankful in a year:

If we're all healthy and happy and having good times together.

• I'm thankful:

For this job. I was away from the newspaper business for three years, to the day, as a matter of fact. I missed the story telling, meeting new people and helping my community stay informed. I even missed the deadline pressure.

• I'll be even more thankful in a year:

If I'm still working in this business. There's a lot of doom and gloom about the news media and many of the people in it these days. And it's changed a lot in my nearly 30 years as a reporter. But I still believe people want to know the facts and read the amazing stories their neighbors tell, told in a professional way as objectively as possible. That free flow of information is the cornerstone of freedom.

• I'm thankful:

The Broncos are having a great season. (I couldn't stay totally serious, but I am serious about this, if you can understand...) It's been a treat to see how quickly Peyton Manning has gotten his career back on track and his teammates on both sides of the ball are responding so well. It reminds my of the glory years of the late 1990s, don't you know.

• I'll be even more thankful in a year:

If they win the Super Bowl. Well, of course.

• I'm thankful:

That this community is such a great place to live. In times of need, we're always there for our neighbor. We give as much as we can, whether that's a couple hundred dollars or just a hug. Not sure it's much different than most towns in rural America, but I think it's likely better in that respect than some, somewhere.

• I'll be even more thankful in a year:

If we as citizens can get behind one another, our local businesses, our schools, hospitals and elected officials and do what's best for everyone, not just you or me. Now that sounds totally opposite to what I just wrote, didn't it? But I don't have rose colored glasses about many things and I know every one of us - myself included - can strive to be better, work together and listen closer.

• I'm thankful:

That despite what seemed to be the most divisive, mean spirited and sometimes personal general election that I can remember, our system of government just rolls on. Think about that. Think of all the countries and regions of the world where leaders are overthrown in violent coups, thousands or even millions of citizens are killed or injured. We have an election to choose our leaders, and while the outcome doesn't satisfy everyone, we move on with our daily lives. At least most of us.

• I'll be even more thankful in a year:

If the members of Congress on both sides of the aisle finally get the message and quit their arguing, name calling and road blocking of each other's goals just to be spiteful. They have this country's future in their hands and it doesn't look so bright with the way they're juggling it. Everyone needs to take a deep breath, remember what's at stake and - here's an idea - compromise! It's not rocket science, people. Get your act together, for all our sakes.

Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.


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