The turkey and stuffing are long gone. Place settings and cookers are tucked away. Family and friends are back in their routine.
But before we send Thanksgiving 2012 to our memory, let me take a moment to reflect.
Many Thanksgiving celebrations center around the offering of actual thanks –acknowledgment of health, family, love, reunion, prosperity. For me, the maelstrom of events last week prompted an assertion of a different sort – an offering of thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in our country.
A great deal has been written and discussed about the tree cuttings and the arrests that followed. Our front page headline read, “If a tree falls, does it make a sound?” Without a doubt, I can say the reverberations continue.
The ability to express one’s beliefs – to freely do so publicly is a cherished freedom in the United States of America - is something for which I am thankful.
It is a freedom that occupies the foundation of our great nation.
It also is a freedom that carries serious consequences.
I am cognizant of the ramifications that come with the expression of one’s convictions and believe it is unnecessary to retrace why that path was taken. To repeat those would not serve the obvious need to facilitate change and, more importantly, to renew citizens’ lawful right for openness with their elected officials and their local government.