“I’m just thankful you’re around to be offended”

By Clint Parker

So, it’s Thanksgiving! The season got me to thinking, which in itself is a dangerous thing, but I did it anyway. What do I have to be thankful for and for whom should I be grateful?
I mean when you look around at the world there’s some crazy stuff going on – and I don’t mean by any small measure – I mean some major crazy is in play in the world.
For starters, the world seems to be a bit on fire with riots and wars all over the globe, a Congress and president who are at each other like there’s no business for the people to be done except tearing into the other party for political gain.

Next, we’re not allowed to discuss the more significant questions of life and politics any more for fear of upsetting someone’s feelings. Not only are debates on public campuses stifled, especially if you are politically incorrect, but now even college newspapers are criticized by their readers for doing what any good journalist is supposed to do and get both sides of the story.
Heck, I even heard the other day that a college newspaper’s editorial board apologized for covering a campus protest. Northwestern University’s student newspaper printed an editorial apologizing for what it called “mistakes” by the staff. The “mistakes” were made when the staff covered two protests while former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited.
It seems the error that occurred was when staff posted photos of students protesting Sessions’ visit on social media then used the college directory to contact some of the demonstrators for comment.
There are other areas I’d like to point out, but for fear of offending, I will stop here and say, “What? Now reporters shouldn’t even cover controversy – heaven help us!” As I said, the world has gone crazy!
So what do I have to be thankful for? The better question is, what don’t I have to be thankful for?
Where to begin? Family – which is doing fine, all are alive and well and for that, I’m truly grateful! While my dad passed just a few months ago, and while I’ll miss him this Thanksgiving, he’s in a better place with no
pain – I’m thankful!
Financial? I’m in debt, as most of us, but have a job (for now) and can pay my bills every month – I’m thankful!
Healthwise? I’ve had a couple of scares, but my heart is still beating, and best of all, I get to play basketball every week at age 55. Of course, I hope to
be playing every week at age 86 like a fellow player in the league who played right up until the week he died and was still driving to the basket like a 20-year-old. I’m thankful!
There’s much we could complain about, but there’s much we have to be thankful for!
However, to whom or what are we to be thankful to this Thanksgiving? Well, that is the question that can only be answered by the individual. As I
am one who doesn’t have enough faith to believe that nothing created something out of nothing, I’ll have to be thankful to God from whom all blessings flow. If that offends you, well, I’m just thankful you’re around to be offended! May all have a Happy Thanksgiving for whatever you’re thankful for or to whomever you are grateful to!

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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