an editorial – Thanksgiving holds special meaning in 2020

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Based on the past 10 months, the Thanksgiving holiday this year is going to be like no other that preceded it.
This year the holiday provides a much-needed break from the hysteria created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our goal at the Journal-Tribune from the outset of the pandemic has been to be consistent in our job of reporting so residents who may be confused by what they read online or hear on television could rely on us as a reliable resource for news.
It may be difficult to find something to be thankful for in this strange year of 2020, but one thing is certain – with God’s help, America will make it through this difficult time. The vast majority of people still have good health and enough money to pay for their livelihood. For that, Americans can be thankful.
On another note, Tuesday’s edition of the Journal-Tribune is the annual pre-Christmas shopping newspaper chocked full of advertisements and ideas for gift-giving. It is delivered to every home in Union County.
We want to acknowledge members of our staff and all who pitched in to hand-stuff the inserts in the effort to publish this special newspaper. In addition, since it is Thanksgiving, we want to pay tribute to our employees who have done so much with all of our editions throughout this difficult year that includes not only the pandemic, but also the deaths of family members. The J-T staff has been steadfast in its efforts to do its job of publishing the community newspaper during these trying months.
We also want to say how much we appreciate the advertisers appearing in this special edition. Their support of local journalism is important because we believe that is vital to our small town. With that said, we want to encourage our readers and residents to shop locally this holiday season.
We will continue our efforts to make it through the pandemic. The virus may cause problems in the short run, but the American people will prevail in the long run.



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