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Tuesday update
We've selected our winners. Yes, winners (plural). Three more employees at LJWorld.com have donated their turkeys to give away, so we have four winners!

On Twitter
@ericjgruber
@kscindy

Commenters
So_tired_of_the_whiners
kernal

Congrats! We've contacted all four of you via PM, DM and @mention. You have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to pick up your birds. They come frozen, so hurry!


Thanksgiving for many is about food and family (and watching football).

But there is more to the holiday than eating yourself into a food coma. It's a time to remind ourselves about the great things in our lives. The things that we may take for granted because we get too busy or too distracted to realize how good we may have it.

So we want to hear why you're thankful. In return, you could win your Thanksgiving turkey from us. Here's how it works:

On Twitter

  • If you're on Twitter, tweet about what you're thankful for and use the hashtag #ThankfulLawrence.
  • Each tweet counts as a contest entry.
  • You can enter multiple times.
  • Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22.

In the comments

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us what you're thankful for.
  • Each comment counts as a contest entry.
  • You can enter multiple times.
  • Comments left on other stories or blog posts do not count as entries.

More details

  • One winner will be drawn at random
  • The winner will be notified via PM, @mention or DM by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23
  • The winner must pick up their Turkey by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 at the Lawrence Journal-World news center at 645 New Hampshire.
  • You can enter if you don't live in Lawrence. But if you win, you must be able to pick up your turkey in person by the pickup deadline.
  • By submitting an entry, you agree to let us use your comment or tweet in print on Thanksgiving Day.
  • World Company employees are not eligible to win.

If you're tweeting, make sure you check for your tweets our #ThankfulLawrence widget on the LJWorld.com home page. It will be there through Thanksgiving Day.

The contest starts NOW!

Comments

bearded_gnome 3 years, 4 months ago

congrats Booyalab! that's very cool.


Tandava, great post.

and congratulations to the winners. you'll have to post whether an LJWorld turky seems different from your average turkey. lol.

thanks Whitney for the blog. this is good. it is so important for us to remember our blessings.

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autie 3 years, 4 months ago

so,...whitknees...who won..?? Inquiring minds want to know.

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kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm just glad I was born in this country, and in these times, no matter how rough it gets.

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Bobbi Reid 3 years, 4 months ago

I am thankful for great friends and family who are helping me get through these tough times!

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Tandava 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and we should all be thankful for everything that our great country provides for us. Our country provides many more things for us than most people think or could even imagine. Most people take it all for granted. Our country and our American society provides us with the opportunity to choose our own beliefs. It provides us with society itself, a culture, education, a job, money and possessions, a place to live, food, health care, and security, both within our nation and without, freedom, and a playground of diversions in which we may do whatever we want. If you think about it, you will realize that our country even provides us with a name and a personality. The debt to our mother country, like the debt we owe our parents, can probably never really be repaid. It is for all this that I give great thanks.

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shorttrees 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm thankful all my kids are home for the holiday! A free turkey would feed them for at least a day (they can sure go through the groceries, LOL).

Hope all the LJW staff has a great and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

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booyalab 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful I got a new job after being let go from my last one this summer. The location is great, it's exactly the kind of job I was looking for, and it pays more than I could have hoped for. So I can finally pay off my debt and I'll have money to visit my family, too. (Not for Thanksgiving, though. So a turkey would be nice :) )

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

Dearest Whitney:

 It is with the most sincere regret that I must inform you that I will not be able to pick up a turkey in person should I win the drawing.  But should by some slim fat chance of fate, have my post pulled from the hat, please let me know I won..then lost.  I really wouldn't care about a turkey anyway as I have three in my freezer.  But...you know how it is, the play's the thing.
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shorttrees 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful that there are such things as free turkeys being given away! Should be more than one, though. :-(

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

I just wanted to update my valued LJW neighbors that I will probably live another 20 years---at a minimum; 20 years we can spend discussing the important issues of the day. I know this will come as good news to you. Also, I think Whitney Mathews and LJW have been an inspiration that have caused me to have the will to live.

Thank you Whitney and LJW!

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Nick Yoho 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful to be, and everything that entails

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sierraclub 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that in this great country, we still have free speech!

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful to live in the U.S., where we still enjoy wonderful freedoms.
I am thankful for this comment forum where some of those freedoms can be exercised, ... well.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 5 months ago

Jessie, RWJ isn't necessarily the most unbiased source. further, your analysis fails to factor the effect of dramatic increases in government mandates for coverage.

if your insurance Jesse is mandated to cover you with a low deductable, and a boatload of preventative stuff, instead of just high deductable/catastrophic care, you're gonna pay, and pay a lot.
and "tort reform" in 38-states is kinda a squishy number.
note that many docs are quitting medicare/medicaid, and yet TX has more docs coming to work there.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 5 months ago

"plus not limiting medical liability risks/malpractice abuse contributes greatly to your friend's cost"

That's a fallacy. 38 states already have tort reform laws on the books. 23 states have laws that cap non-economic damages between $250K and $750K.

In 2003 Texas passed a very comprehensive tort reform law. In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Texans enjoyed the third fastest increase in health insurance premiums in the nation.

In 2005 Missouri passed tort reform placing a maximum cap of $350,000 on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Doctors in Missouri now report that their malpractice insurance premiums have dropped anywhere from 24 to 30 percent. Yet health care costs in that state have continued to rise.

But what about the cost of "defensive medicine"? All those extra tests and procedures doctors do to cover their butts in case they are sued? In a recent survey of physicians in Connecticut, 83 percent of doctors estimated that between 18 percent and 28 percent of tests, procedures, referrals, etc. were ordered as a precaution against malpractice liability.

However, there is no empirical evidence that significant numbers of physicians stop ordering extra stuff after tort laws have been "reformed." There is evidence, however, that some physicians order extra stuff when such orders increase their revenues.

In 2007 (the last year they have data available) medical malpractice tort costs were $30.4 billion- we have more than a $2.2 trillion dollar system. That puts litigation costs and malpractice insurance at 1 to 1.5 percent of total medical costs. So, if you were to get rid of all malpractice associated costs you'd only be saving maybe 1.5%

We have approximately the same number of claims today as in the late 1980s. Think about that. The cost of health care has doubled since then.

The CBO noted that "even a reduction of 25 percent to 30 percent in malpractice costs would lower health care costs by only about 0.4 percent to 0.5 percent, and the likely effect on health insurance premiums would be comparably small."

Sorry Gnome- you've been fed a line of BS. Tort reform laws are in place in many states and have been for the last 20+ years in some of those states. Yet health care costs have still continued to rise.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 5 months ago

none2, about ObamaCare, but someone believing our current system is perfectly fine the way it is is either very naive or just plain selfish. Along the line of my friend's health issues, I am thankful that I live in a state that like a growing number of states is banning smoking in public spaces. Multiple doctors and health care workers that worked his case emphasized that the number one contribution to his coronary heart disease was his smoking - which thankfully he quit.

---didn't say current system is perfect. but flaws are far too great in Obamacare.

plus, maybe your friend should pay much more than taxing the rest of us for his procedure, since his own behaviors most likely made this a necessity. further, politicians' mandating all kinds of coverage plus not limiting medical liability risks/malpractice abuse contributes greatly to your friend's cost.

btw, he could've been a "medical tourist" and had that surgery for less than half the price in a foreign country.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 5 months ago

Romans832 (anonymous) replies …

Thank you, bearded_gnome, for reminding us that "in Him we live, and move, and have our being." (Acts 17:28) You are a living, breathing miracle. Soli Deo gloria!

---You're Welcome Romans832. just don't call me gloria [smirk].

I had recently seen a partner of visionary doc (see above) before posting that. partner wouldn't have ordered that unusual treatment in the beginning.
indeed, It is all to the glory of God.

"living breathing miracle" yes, and I also know God has a wonderful sense of humor.

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not_that_crazy 3 years, 5 months ago

Thank goodness its Friday...and it is basketballl season.

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none2 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful for my friend who is doing fine after quintuple bypasses back around Feb/March. Thank goodness he was employed and had insurance. If this had happened to him about 6 years ago when he lost his job and couldn't afford COBRA, there would have been a $200,000 plus bill to pay. I have MANY reservations about ObamaCare, but someone believing our current system is perfectly fine the way it is is either very naive or just plain selfish. Along the line of my friend's health issues, I am thankful that I live in a state that like a growing number of states is banning smoking in public spaces. Multiple doctors and health care workers that worked his case emphasized that the number one contribution to his coronary heart disease was his smoking - which thankfully he quit.

I'm also thankful that I do NOT HAVE to eat a turkey since I still live in a first world country. (I keep my fingers crossed that we don't slip down to a 3rd world nation between the extreme greed and selfishness from the right and unmotivated neediness of from left.) I have worked with birds -- including turkeys. Even as mean as some toms can be, I wouldn't have the heart to kill one just so I can get fatter. If it weren't for grocery stores being removed from the process of killing and butchering, I would probably become a vegetarian.

So If I were to win a turkey, I'd say simply set it free (some where of course where it won't mess up wild turkey populations). I'll just take the sugar-free cranberry sauce (whole please) and green bean casserole.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful every time I wake up. That means I finally got some sleep

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So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful you don't have to join twitter to enter this contest. I don't want to tweet. Ever...

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number3of5 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful each and every day that I can get up out of bed and move. I am thankful for the day, the night, each and everyone of my brothers and every other thing in this beautiful world.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful the ammunition supply has finally caught up to demand. Now I can start stockpiling in case of zombie invasion.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 5 months ago

and btw the above describes one of three occasions in the past ten years when specialists (MD's in specialties) have literally saved my life.
... thus, I thank God that Obamacare wasn't in effect then, limiting my access to specialists!


I heard that Tom's tombstone would come equipped with a cable modem!

or ... imagine Tom comes back as ... a zombie? "night of the living Shewmon?" bwhahahahaha bwhahahaha bwhahaha!

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful to God to be alive … really.

Five years ago when I started posting on LJWorld, I was just about a total shut-in. In the year before, I lived very close to dying. Or, maybe I would have just wound up living in a hospital 24/7 for a long time while awaiting a transplant. My diagnosis was in 2001; five years after diagnosis, people with my condition are dead (about half) or have little or no improvement (35-40%). Death was often my contemplation. My faith was and is a comfort and source of strength. I knew that if I did die, it was also in God’s hands.

At that point I had been seeing a visionary local doctor. This doctor was willing to order something unusual for my treatment, a few years before.

So later in 2004 my condition wasn’t so bleak, part of my body was actually rebuilding itself! The process has continued to this day. My progress is nothing short of miraculous. My body responded to that novel treatment very quickly. Most people who meet me today have no clue that I have come back from such a dying. Though this doctor might not acknowledge the providence of God, I certainly do.

I am thankful for each day I have to live again. It is a gift from God, Who intended that my deadly condition be addressed by this particular doctor. And God created the treatment that –was- unorthodox then; now it is very popular. God also made the way for peace between man and God, repentance and faith in Christ.

Thank God I have this day.

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Norma Jeane Baker 3 years, 5 months ago

Sounds great, but I'd have a tough time picking it up. Here, turkey is $3 a pound. Looks like it's chicken again.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 5 months ago

One winner of a turkey, everyone else gets the "bird"??

8-[

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 5 months ago

Is this a live, smoked, frozen, fresh or tofu turkey?

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Bobbi Reid 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that I have 2 healthy children, and that I am able to spend the holidays with my friends and family.

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful I don't live in my mom's basement.

I am thankful that Whitney and TOB found common ground...or at least a common understanding.

I am thankful I don't like grey goose vodka.

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Keith Richards 3 years, 5 months ago

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RoeDapple 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm glad my name isn't Mari . . . . oh, wait . .

No, I'm glad my name isn't SUE!!

Cuz if it was . .

Well, I woulda grew up quick and grew up mean, My fists woulda got hard and my wits got keen, I woulda roamed from town to town to hide my shame. I woulda made a vow to the moon and stars That I'd search the honky-tonks and bars And kill that man who gave me that awful name.

~with apologies to Johnny Cash~

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Romans832 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful for a friend who put up with me being a drama queen, when she had plenty of drama in her own life, which I didn't find out about until later. She should be commended for not slapping me up the side of the head and saying, "Think of someone else besides yourself for once!"

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teri pettengill 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful that I have a wonderful family, a safe and warm place to lay my head at night. I am also thankful to have enough food to eat. So if I win this turkey, it will be donated to some one who really needs it!

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful I am not friggin dead yet.

I am thankful I am not named Marion.

I am thankful I know how to fillet fish and not butcher them like some people I know.

I am now thankful I have a three day weekend.

And I think...not sure yet..I am thankful that my wife has totally forgotten what tomorrow is so it will increase the shock value of what is going to happen. (spousal union anniversary)

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Hop2It 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that ...its 5:02.....by..eee...eee

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Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful for my good health, my family (especially my wife), and my friends. I'd be totally lost if I were missing even one of those things.

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LogicMan 3 years, 5 months ago

This time of year I am thankful that my species lost its feathers a long time ago.

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slowplay 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful that we have one of the most excellent local puplications in the United Staes right here Lawrence. The LJ World is a model of outstanding journalism and integrity. Jounalists such as W. Matthews and the rest of the marvelous crew that work for the LJW should all be comended for their dedication and contributions.

Where do I pick up my turkey?

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ChiHawkInKS 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful for my government. Without them I would surely destroy myself and the people around me. I am thankful I have the government there to make all my health decisions. Who knew that smoking inside was bad? Or that happy meals send the wrong message to kids? Or that energy drinks with alcohol are poison? Thanks government for forcing me to have healthcare. I surely would have been lost without you.

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So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that Rural Wanderer might wander off...

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RuralWanderer 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful nobody has yet posted a rant about why we shouldn't eat a poor defenseless turkey... though "So Tired" got close. ! I mean seriously, have you ever tried tofurkey?

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shorttrees 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful that my 90-something year old Grandmother survived a serious accident (with broken neck and all) that the trauma team said she would NOT survive. Not even 3 weeks later and she's out of the hospital!

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful my hunch was right and my doctor re-tested me and called me back and said "You DO have more than 6 mos. to live". And I'm sure my LJW neighbors are thankful for this too.

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somedude20 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh, I am thankful that all of those garbage (would have used another word but that would void my post) bands from the 90's have not caught on again. No more Creed/Limp Bizkit/ Blink 182

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So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful I am not the turkey they are giving away.

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So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that LJWorld posters don't control the real world.

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hail2oldku 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm thankful that I don't own any form fitting jeans. (And the rest of you should be equally thankful for this fact.)

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So_tired_of_the_whiners 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that basketball season is here.

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somedude20 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful knowing that this holiday season my groin will see some action when I go through the airport security (TSA baby)!

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fleeba 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that I have a job, have a roof over my head, and have a wonderful family! I am thankful that I got a five generation photo with my great grandmother before she passed away on Monday. I am thankful for the 1st amendment and that I have an outlet to vent.

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somedude20 3 years, 5 months ago

I am thankful that you have not deleted one of my remarks in over a week! Thanks! I would be thankful if you bought me a beer (I am over 21) from Freestate

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