|Callie - Counting her Blessing|
I’m so grateful this Thanksgiving holiday. However, I do have to point out three things that annoy me:
1. The lack of recognition Thanksgiving receives. Christmas decorations, lights and high-pressure advertising begin right after Halloween. Black Friday is spilling over into Thanksgiving Day, taking people away from their families in order to have stores ready at midnight. Honestly, is this necessary?
The average credit card debt per household is around $16,000.00, making the total U.S. consumer debt around $2.43 trillion. (1) Does Uncle Joe really need another pair of Christmas boxer shorts this year? Do we really need to fight over the last $30.00 Cars 2 Spy Attack McMissile car at four in the morning? Do people really need to get trampled when the doors open?
However, I’m not blind to the individuals trying to make money during this season. I recently attended a Christmas Gift Show. There were over 400 vendors present, and I honestly saw (and felt) their desperate desire to make a sale. I left the show feeling sad and upset about the current economic crisis.
2. The lack of understanding about turkey growers. Northern Sanpete County used to be one of the biggest turkey producers in the country. While taking a drive through this part of the country, you’ll notice very few turkeys gobbling around like in the past. One plant, Moroni Feed, was particularly hard hit by the economy. In 2008 they laid off over 500 employees. Part of the problem is the rising cost of feed. As the government pulls farmers away from corn production to produce ethanol, turkey growers, along with a lot of other farmers, just can’t survive. It’s not just here in Utah, but across the country.
As a side point, my vehicle hasn’t been running as well since they’ve added ethanol to the fuel. My vehicle runs rough, my gas mileage is poor, and I’ve needed additional automotive services. Just saying.
3. My last grievance (I bet you’re so glad) is that nearly 15 percent of Americans are receiving food stamps. This is a record level and an increase of about two-thirds since 2007. One in six Americans (about 49 million people) say they have trouble putting food on the table. (2) One in six. Wow! Isn’t it sad, then, to be so focused on material possessions?
For Thanksgiving, I’m giving thanks for all my blessing and praying that the leaders of our country will forget politics and their partisan parties and, instead, turn this country around. Thanksgiving symbolizes what we all should be thinking about this time of year—being thankful and kind to one another. (Could we all try that while driving, please?)
What are your views on this season of giving thanks?
Cindy A. Christiansen
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