Thankful, thankfulness

Not too awful many hours after this issues hits doorsteps, it will be the Thanksgiving holiday.


We enjoy Thanksgiving for a number of reasons, eating not in the least, and catching back up with family and friends as we do the eating thing important as well. But with that we find also important the subtle joy of acknowledging the beginning of the holiday season (Christmas draws closer, after all) and, best of all, at the core of the holiday the time to take a moment, several moments, and consider for that which we are thankful.

We’re big on that, on being thankful, and we find as we make thankfulness more of our day-to-day actions the more enjoyable life becomes. So there, this is an editorial, there’s a call to action: Be thankful, even on non-holiday days.

But, and it’s important to us to be able to share this: As we are thankful on that day of Thanksgiving, we will be thankful for you. Dear reader, person who cares about Van Buren County, you make this newspaper thing all-the-more a joy. Sure sure, at times the deadlines are crushing, sometimes our feet get wet out there trekking around, one time, even, we hit a deer, but all and still we get to interact with you guys. Best part, you guys interact with us.

We’ve come to think of this county as a welcoming community and it’s not based on soil samples, but on sampling its population. That would be you. Thank you, and be assured we are thankful for you.

And, please, enjoy your Thanksgiving.

The county that works together

Sorry to sound like a gossip columnist in introducing this point, but we were heartened to see Lucas Emberton climb into the pickup with Randy Gurely after the most recent Quorum Court meeting.

They are getting along, working together – a point confirmed in a later conversation with Gurley.

This is great news. Certainly anyone with much time in the state has heard horror stories of incoming elected officials crossing with outgoing officials and we’re not seeing it here.

And the getting along is not limited to this department, as we watch other department heads incoming and outgoing interact and plan for the future. It’s good to see people taking the role of public service seriously.

Serious, very serious

The death of Jamal Khashoggi is wrong, period. That he was murdered by the Saudi regime because they didn’t like his reporting (as confirmed by the CIA) is unforgiveable.

That we, as a nation, are apparently willing to tolerate this because, you know Saudi, we like them and they hate Iraq, just like us, is not a good enough excuse to maintain the relationship. That this relationship maintaining results in American-made bombs being dropped by Saudi airplanes onto Yemeni children is simply too much.

We acknowledge, there’s important deep-seated things to consider – certainly the reason the Nixon administration first opened up relations with the House of Saud back in its day – but murdering people because you don’t like what they say, and bombing children because you feel a broader threat (and working hard to prevents reporters from seeing the effects of this bomb dropping – not liking the world being told things you’d rather be kept in the dark being part of a pattern here) is unacceptable.

America is a great county of great freedoms, politics make strange bedfellows, and outright savagery is never acceptable, regardless of how many dinosaurs died under your sand. These truths are self-evident.


Psalm 95: 1-5 (NIV)

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

3 For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.