Grateful to be here

Published 11:55 pm Saturday, November 23, 2013

At this point, it’s become cliché to say something to the effect that “You should be thankful for every day, not just on Thanksgiving.”

On Facebook, if you have one, your newsfeed is probably filled up with people posting something they are thankful for every day in the month of November.

And that’s certainly a worthy and humbling exercise to go through every year, as it reminds us of the good things in life. Sometimes it can be easy to focus on the negative, and we in the media, even the Suffolk News-Herald, are guilty of falling into the trap, though we do try our best to make sure every newspaper has plenty of positive news about people and events in Suffolk. Even though those upbeat stories are always there, it does seem like every crime, every story pointing out problems simply has more weight.

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But there is a lot of good out going on in Suffolk.

For all the negative stories about schools, there are teachers out there going into overdrive to make them better. For all the stories about crime in Suffolk, there are many stories you don’t read, simply because the city’s police department has a good track record of catching criminals that many potential problems are caught before they can erupt.

For every family that can’t celebrate this holiday season with a feast, there are organizations that make sure these families will have something. Saturday’s dual food giveaways were a great example of that commitment by the folks of Suffolk to help their neighbors. Thousands of people will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner because of the financial and other sacrifices made by people they don’t even know.

These reasons, and more, are why we are thankful to live in Suffolk today and every day.