Our view: We have plenty for which to be thankful

Over the years, we have had regular thumbs-up, thumbs-down editorials in the paper, offering kudos to people and events that help make our community a better place to live and admonishment for those who drag us down.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re offering a special “what we’re thankful” for edition. After all, giving thanks is what today’s holiday is all about.

We’re thankful for:

  • The many volunteers who help plan, cook and work today at the area Thanksgiving community meals. These events not only provide a place for fellowship and a meal but have also become part of many family traditions. All are welcome.
  • The La Crosse Fire Department and employees at Midwest Industrial Asphalt for their work in helping avert a potential disaster with last week’s tank explosion. Safety plans and training were put to test and had a lot to do with keeping the ensuing fire from causing additional damage. It’s a positive example of how working together can make a difference, especially in a time of crisis.
  • Rick Staff and Nancy Gerrard, for forming Shelter Development Corp., a nonprofit that is buying office space on South Fourth Street to become a daytime drop-in and service center to serve clients of the La Crosse Warming Center. Additional thanks for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Catholic Charities and other agencies including Riverfront, Couleecap and YWCA that have helped with brainstorming for the facility. Helping homeless people move out of homelessness involves more than just a shelter for the night.
  • The La Crosse Loggers for providing some hot-stove action by announcing a $1 million upgrade to the Lumber Yard in Copeland Park next spring. Pending final city approval, the project will spruce up the entrance to the park and add two buildings for a ticket booth, retail store, concessions and permanent restrooms. The Loggers will pay for the improvements — a real grand slam for La Crosse.
  • Any employee who has to spend today working. A lot of attention has been put on retail businesses that have made the decision to open today for early holiday shopping — meaning employees have to work. But we also should thank employees who work each holiday to provide us with emergency and essential services like police, fire and medical services. We’d also like to thank our employees and carriers who work today to provide you with Friday’s newspaper.

We live in a region that is blessed with abundant resources and wonderful people. Of course we have our challenges, but on a day symbolized by an overflowing cornucopia, we should be thankful for the bounty that is ours and share it generously.

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