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Our holiday wishes for you

Christmas treeMay this holiday season bring you closer to family, friends and our Creator’s love. May the thought behind gifts you give and receive really be of the greatest importance.

May you, even for a moment, see Christmas delight in a child’s eyes and recall anew the delight you experienced as a child.

May any traveling you do be swift and safe — likewise for those traveling to see you.

May the new year bring you and yours a geneorus measure of the good things in life, and many a happy moment.

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A good time to be thankful

As difficult and discouraging as things sometimes seem, there’s plenty to be thankful for in America, and we are.

Along with enjoying gatherings, a special meal and perhaps a long looked forward to football game, this is a good day to take stock of the blessings of having family and friends, health and hope.

We’re off to a family gathering at the end of a three-hour drive. We should be back some time on Black Friday but might not post until Saturday.

In the meantime, know that you, our blogging friends, are among the blessings we’re thankful for. We hope your day will be one of the best Thanksgivings ever.

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Memorial Day, 2011: the Navy Hymn

In honor of all those in all services who have given the last full measure of devotion protecting America’s freedom and independence, we present this beautiful, moving hymn traditional to one branch, the United States Navy.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

We honor with deepest respect and gratitude as well all who have lost a loved one or friend in the service of our country.

Obama honors 9-11 fallen with quiet dignity

U.S. flagPresident Obama went to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan today, to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, their loved ones, and the firefighters and other first responders who risked and gave their lives that tragic day.

The occasion was prompted by the justice visited upon the architect of that day of death and destruction, Osama bin Laden, by two-dozen Navy SEALs last weekend.

With characteristic thoughtfulness, Obama laid a wreath and shared handshakes and hugs, later joining New York City firefighters for lunch at their station, but the president did not make a speech.

Obama is said to have commented the occasion speaks for itself, but a White House spokesman explained that the president didn’t want give the appearance of using 9-11 victms and their families for political gain.

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We applaud President Obama’s conduct and decisions throughout this chapter in the fight against terrorism, from the first inkling last fall that bin Laden’s location might finally be known right through to today’s solemn, dignified ceremony. In word and deed, Obama has restored honor and dignity to the presidency and to the country he leads.

We especially applaud Obama’s decision to not release photographs of bin Laden’s bloodied corpse. Doing so would serve no good purpose and could incite retaliation against innocent people here and elsewhere in the world.

But even if inciting violence wasn’t a factor, releasing the photos would be a bad move because it’s just too unseemly. Obama believes we’re better people than that.

Good for him.

Those who live from one cockeyed conspiracy theory to the next will say and do their thing whether or not the bin Laden photos are released. Those people traffic in suspicion and wild speculation, not evidence and common sense. At the end of the day, absolute proof doesn’t lie in the images, anyway. They could readily be faked in any good photo editing program.

What it comes down to is that Obama did the decent, sensible thing. Again.

That is not only a credit to him but a source of strength for our country.