We live in troubled times. The United States is mired in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression, which has left thousands of Kershaw County residents with dire immediate circumstances and uncertain prospects for the future. Our military is fighting terrorism on many fronts, and the world in general has in many ways lost its respect -- and certainly its reverence -- for our country. Our federal government is strangled by political gridlock, and an overwhelming percentage of Americans say our elected officials aren’t doing the job they were sent to Washington to do. Some people feel the moral and ethical standards which made America great are steadily disintegrating.
Yet amidst all this turmoil, there is much to be thankful for. Despite our current problems, the United States is still the greatest country in the world. We continually go to the aid of others, seldom asking much in return. Our military remains dedicated and ready for the tasks that lie ahead. Locally, while the economy is certainly struggling, it has not experienced the housing crisis that some areas have known. We are blessed here in Kershaw County with many churches and charitable organizations which work tirelessly to improve the plights of those who are less fortunate, and they can count on innumerable volunteers who donate their time. Indeed, there is a great deal of selflessness here.
So, yes, while the condition of our county and country isn’t what we’d prefer, there is still much to be thankful for. As we all gather with family and friends to celebrate this great American holiday of Thanksgiving, we urge everyone to pause and to emphasize the blessings which flow our way -- to truly be thankful.