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Holiday calls for time to reflect

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, the newsroom staff of The Corydon Democrat took a few minutes to write down just some of the things they are thankful for.
I’m thankful to live in a riverboat county where the worst thing folks can find to complain about is the condition of the roads, which are almost all asphalt. Talk about spoiled. The county has taken some measures to get the budget in check and have begun chip and seal and fog seal methods, which is better than letting asphalt roads deteriorate to a point of no return. It’s easy to see the benefits of Harrison County roads after you travel those in other counties. Floyd County roads are extremely thin; it seems a mailbox is in danger at every turn. Not the case on the wide, Harrison County back roads.
I’m thankful there’s a tournament at end of the college basketball season so early season losses aren’t as costly as they are in college football. All three of the local teams have already lost, and it’s not even Thanksgiving. All three, however, can recover and make those losses a distant memory that mean nothing if they make a good regular season run to set up a run in March, when it really matters. Speaking of college football, at least the NCAA finally got with the program and will have a playoff next season to determine the national champion.
Also, I’m thankful for propane to keep the house warm, DVR, feast week for daytime basketball, cell phones (sometimes), Internet access, leaf rakes, caffeine and, of course, family, friends and loved ones.
‘ Ross Schulz, staff writer
I’m thankful, as always, for another trip around the sun, my health, my beautiful wife and daughters, my extended family, my family at Lincoln Hills Christian Church and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I’m thankful for having a job that I enjoy 99.9 percent of the time.
I’m thankful for the countless volunteers we have across this county. I’m thankful for emergency personnel, including police, firefighters, EMS workers and 911 dispatchers.
I’m thankful for the visionaries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who will run an Indycar race on a revamped road course next May. I’m thankful for (Michigan’s) Team 134, despite its lackluster record. I’m thankful for John Bei-lein in guiding the hardwood Wolverines to the national championship game this past March and April. I’m not thankful, however, for Luke Hancock.
‘ Alan Stewart, staff writer
I’m thankful for a healthy and loving family. My wife and son are awesome. He knows I’m thankful for my career when he tells me my work is ‘Taking pictures of volleyball, soccer, basketball … ‘ His 3-year-old mind probably thinks this is easy!
I’m thankful for the air we breathe and the wildlife we can enjoy.
Thankful for the national anthem I get to hear night in and night out at ballgames. Reminds me to be thankful for those who serve our country in a variety of ways.
Also thankful for the following: music, charcoal, humor, good people, Sugar Bowl, Chicago Cubs still sucking and all the little things in life.
‘ Brian Smith, sports editor
Family and friends, we need them in our lives but often take them for granted. So, I want them to know I do appreciate them. I’m thankful for my husband, Ray, who makes my life better and is so understanding. I’m blessed to have two fantastic grown children, along with a son-in-law, all whom I am quite proud of. Also, I’m blessed to have what appears to be a healthy grandbaby on the way.
I’m grateful to live in a community that appreciates its heritage while also looking to the future. It is full of wonderful people, many who give of their time and talents for causes they believe in.
It’s a blessing to have the basic necessities, like a roof over my head and food to nourish the body. The all-too-many disasters we witness via our television sets should be enough to remind us that at any given time that could be us in the news.
I’m very much appreciative of my place here at The Corydon Democrat. Bringing you, our readers, the news is something I take to heart and strive to do to the best of my ability each week. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life. May you be reminded of your many blessings this week as you reflect on another Thanksgiving.
‘ Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, editor