Letter to the editor: Just be thankful

To the editor:

As Thanksgiving approaches and political debate is flung across the family dinner table like overcooked dinner rolls, it’s easy to lose perspective on the real meaning of the official holiday. In an effort to build a framework, craft a history and create symbols that would help unite our divided country torn apart by the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

Today, the holiday is wrapped up in reflection, hope and gratitude: reflection for vast continents of culture, knowledge and wisdom lost with the devastation of indigenous peoples; hope for deeper understanding and a brighter future; and gratitude that any of us are here at all. So at the Thanksgiving table this year, if you feel the urge to be nasty or to focus more on what you don’t have than what you do have, just shove that dinner roll in your mouth and be thankful that you’ve got a table to sit at, food to eat and loved ones to share it all with.

Chris Orlando,



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