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Thanksgiving 2013: Some considerations

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Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Often we seem more eager to find fault rather than offer praise when it comes to our culture and government. Thanksgiving calls us to look at life from a different perspective. This year we suggest the following as some reasons you might want to offer a prayer of thanksgiving:

• For the fact that we live along one of the most beautiful stretches of river available in the world. We protect it, but we also need to make better use of its recreational and development opportunities. We applaud the Allegheny River Development Corp. for its organized efforts to restore seasonal hours for boaters hoping to use the locks at the dams in the county. If you're a boater, be sure you are on board.

• For trails along the river and along area valleys. They provide opportunity for healthful recreation and for appreciating the landscape.

• For leaders who have yet to show themselves in our communities. We have faith that there are creative, wise individuals who are willing to step forward into public life and suggest new ways to approach our problems. The public needs to ferret them out.

• For those who, against difficult odds, establish small businesses in our towns. They are motivated by making a living, of course, but also by a belief they can do it where they live. Perhaps they should run for public office.

• For the part-time police who patrol our streets, answer calls and make arrests with dedication to a good job. And they do so without their government employers recognizing that they — like everyone — need full-time work.

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