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October 2, 2014

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Starting the year on a positive note

I am thankful to welcome 2014. I would like to stand out in a world of angry people who find it easier to complain than to give thanks.

Yes, we can look at the troubles around us and justify that things were better in the past. But, unless we come up with a time machine, we can’t go back to the past and live in what we thought were better times. In all probability, we forgot what it was that bugged us back then.

Here’s a healthier, more rational way to look at living in 2014. Rather than compare today with the favorite year in our past, why not compare what life is dealing to us compared to what life is dealing to people around the globe. I join millions of Americans who would not trade places with the poor souls in other parts of our world. And conversely, there must be billions of people globally who would step into your shoes and mine in a heartbeat.

Sure, our federal government is disappointing. The state government is giving us little to cheer about. But, what about all that we do have? I invite all of you to join me in 2014 in taking inventory of all that is right with our lives, rather than hunt for the shortcomings that will always exist. Greet each new day as a gift, an opportunity to show just how grateful we can be to accept one more sunrise, one more day to enjoy all that we still have.

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