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Having grateful hearts


November 22, 2015
Estherville News Staff , Estherville News

There was a photo essay circulated on social media that showed where children of refugees were sleeping. Some were in hospital beds, others were sleeping rough outdoors. Whatever your opinion about whether refugees should come to our nation or state, just the position of having a roof over one's head is a better place to be than what many people experience right now.

Thanksgiving isn't a time for guilt, though. It's a good thing to count the blessings we have. Working for a newspaper, we think of the big picture blessings of freedom of speech:?no one will prosecute us for our beliefs or even what we think, speak and write. We can freely assemble to talk to others, and as long as it's not libel or slander, we can write what's really happening in our community, and on this opinion page, how we feel about it.

Here at the Estherville News, we're thankful for great co-workers who work together to bring you this paper and The Spirit, with a lot of fun and humor to punctuate the very hard days.

We can be grateful we live in a rural community where many days the sky is blue and the land and trees are green. In many places, all people see is a wide desert or a concrete jungle that smells like exhaust and cooking oil all the time. The natural world just outside our door comes with no income requirement and is available to all. The fact that it's now white and frozen just means it's taking a break to await next spring's awakening and summer's splendor.

We're grateful for the free and low-cost things to do in Estherville, from the abundance of music concerts just past and upcoming to basketball games and wrestling meets, to community activities through the RWC and the library, among others.

We're grateful for the friendly people in this community, the generosity shown whether it's a perennial event like the Community?Christmas Project or a tragedy that brings people together to help.

We're grateful for outdoor spaces many small communities lack, like Library Square, and the innovation that also sets us apart, like the new businesses popping up through Excel Estherville. While we have a road yet to travel to improve the local economy, we have people in place who truly care about growing the opportunities here.

Finally, we're grateful for all of you, our readers. Without you, we would have neither a job nor the privilege of telling your stories each issue. Thank you.



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