Our View: Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

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As we gather around the dinner table with friends, family, neighbors and others this Thanksgiving, we must remind ourselves to take a moment and reflect upon all we have to be thankful for. For many of us, it is easy to forget how long that list is.

It's been almost 400 years since Thanksgiving provided an opportunity for the Pilgrims to express thanks for surviving a difficult first year - one wrought with hunger, disease and other hardships - in their new homeland.

That three-day feast with their American Indian neighbors in 1621 formed the basis of what has become the American tradition of Thanksgiving. On Nov. 26, 1789, President George Washington declared a day for all Americans to unite and give thanks to God for their good fortune. Washington made a similar declaration six years later.

But Thanksgiving didn't become an annual event until President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation creating the holiday in 1863, during the height of the Civil War.

In the decades that have followed Lincoln's proclamation, Thanksgiving has become the impetus for families and friends to reunite in celebration of life, freedom, health, food and one another.

We have much to be thankful for here in Routt County. The real estate market is strong, unemployment and crime are low, and our quality of life remains high. We have a new company - with capital to spend - operating the Steamboat Ski Area, and that change in ownership has helped spur unprecedented private and public redevelopment efforts. Our school systems remain generally strong. We have dozens of local nonprofit organizations accomplishing great things in a variety of areas, including helping those among us who are less fortunate. We are part of active, educated and engaged communities. We live in a place where neighbors and strangers alike wave at passing cars and exchange polite "hellos" in grocery store aisles. Our air and water are clean. We have countless recreation opportunities that few other communities can offer. We live in a place so special that tens of thousands of visitors come here year after year for a taste of what we experience year-round.

Of course, there are many other things for which each of us can and should be thankful, not the least of which are the troops fighting for freedom across the world. Many of them won't be home to celebrate this special day with loved ones. Some of those troops call Routt County home.

We encourage you to keep these things in mind Thursday and to consider what you could do to help those who are less fortunate.

Finally, we wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.

Comments

dundalk 6 years, 5 months ago

On this day of thanks I simply want to say thanks to all of you whom I banter with throughout the year. I hope that everyone enjoys this day.

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dimwitiguess 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm not going to share my drumstick today cause of John Stossel. Yeh, think of it if Squanto hadn't shared his knowledge the stupid English pilgrims who came here for religious freedom (oh and by the way burned witches and anyone else who thought differently) would have starved to death and maybe the Indians would have kept their land and country.

Of course the English didn't mind intentionally sharing their smallpox infested blankets with the Indians, so maybe sharing IS a bad thing.

Happy Thanks-taking. Oh, and let's keep the Salvation Army and United Way and all those other charities and givers away from our stores over the holiday season. I won't give a red cent to any of them from now on. PT22 has helped me see the light.

pt22 your simplistic thinking is what really hurts our country.

But I know pt22, I'm just the same old dimwitiguess hanging onto his turkey drumstick no matter who may starve tomorrow.

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dimwitiguess 6 years, 5 months ago

sbvor,

General Amherst, commander of the English army in the US prior to the revolution, was the one who who told his generals and colonels in the wilderness areas of New York and Pennsylvania to hand out smallpox infested blankets, that suggestion was followed. You need to quit reading the sugar-coated high school texts that portray the English and the Americans as benevolent overseers for the welfare of the Indians and read the real history of the US. Do I need to site the letters and articles for you to read?

No response to Squanto helping the Pilgrims, no response for the British and Americans taking the land of the Indians, no response to any of that? What was your major? Obviously not history or historical documents.

Dumb, Dumb, du, dumb, dumb... dumb, dumb.

Next YOU'LL be wanting to take my drumstick. No way. Not giving it to you or any other needy person for Thanksgiving. Let them starve and weep with their pittiless empty stomachs. pt22 convinced me that giving and sharing IS a BAD THING. As a matter of fact I can't wait to kick over a Salvation Army or United Way free loader stand and kick their stinking little bell under the wheels of a passing SUV!

I know, I'm just a dimwitiguess not living the wonderfull freeloading life of those in need. FREE LOADERS every one of them! Hey, maybe I can fit into your hate-filled club now, what do ya think?

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Jason Miller 6 years, 5 months ago

Family,Football,Beer and turkey.God Bless america and if you dont like it, i got some small pox blankets for ya.

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dimwitiguess 6 years, 5 months ago

yeh, sbvor, you're right. The English did nothing bad to the Indians. And Hitler did nothing to the Jews. And, you know, no one has done anything bad to anyone. And there has never been genocide of any peoples. And you can continue to live life as happily as you are and continue to look at the shadows on the back of the cave wall.

Oh, how nice to be self-righteous.

Again, enjoy your turkey and keep it to yourself as will I. To hell with the less fortunate. And, you know, I won't give another thought to those who in Dafur, or Appalachia, or New Orleans, or even the Armenians (and even if they did we better not talk about it ever lest we can't take our war machine into Iraq) who never suffered atrocities at the hands of the others because there is no proof that the "smallpox infected blankets" ever caused the annihilation of our native Indians.

People just go through mass extinction in spite of all the caring their governments have given them. I just need to look at these things as fate that comes with being a different or a minority race, tribe, ethnic group than the majority.

You know better, and you are the expert, and you are the pompous A** that believes nothng bad has ever happened to those who "deserve it" at the hands of those who mete it out. History is written and told by the victorious.

Happy Thanksgiving. Maybe for you it is Thanks-taking. Whatever, enjoy the football game today while others less fortunate get what they deserve.

I truly am a dimwitiguess. No more help to those who are freeloaders. Let them eat cake - now that even sounds too good for them!

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