I have a problem with all the entitlements that keep coming down the pike. This so-called Affordable Health Care Act is anything but affordable and will likely mean that I have to make some drastic changes that will directly affect nearly 30 employees in a very small town. On the other hand, I look around and see some of the most amazing cases of people caring for people and doing things just because they are the right thing to do. A recent night out, sponsored by some friends of a lady suffering from lymphoma, resulted in nearly $5,000 dollars being raised to help her and her family with expenses. A subsequent cribbage tournament for the same cause brought in enough money for this lady’s husband to pay for motel expenses for a full month while his wife is being treated in Denver. No government handout and no stack of paperwork, just people who like people.
The community of Montrose, Colorado comes together every Thanksgiving with a meal that welcomes everyone. This is not just for the homeless or the downtrodden, it is for everyone. More than 130 turkeys are cooked and all the fixings that go with a good turkey dinner. Last year they served more than 1,300 people. There is no charge. The entire thing is made possible through donations and volunteers. People who like people.
As we prepare for the annual Thanksgiving feasts, let us all remember what we can be thankful for and what we have to do to keep the freedoms that Thanksgiving represents. Let us remember that the Constitution points out that we have a freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Let us remember what the Bill of Rights really is. It is not a granting of rights by a government, but rather a statement of the rights of a people to control the government. Let us remember those fine Puritans and their friends who came to this country and, in spite of the hardships, found it within themselves to say “Thank you.”