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Taking time to give thanks

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

First, on behalf of everyone here at Denton Publications, let me wish you a happy and thankful Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

In these rapidly changing times our culture is undergoing a massive transformation. In times like these, it's easy to find so many things about which to complain. All one needs to do is look around, pick up a newspaper, turn on the radio or TV, or log on to the Internet and you’ll find tons of material from which you can sing the blues. Complaining seems to our most popular pastime these days.

We can’t take lightly the challenging economic times we find ourselves in, but this weekend we need to reflect on all we have to be thankful for as we sit here in 2011 in this region, of this country still full of promise and opportunity.

Hopefully, your Thanksgiving weekend was highlighted by a wonderful meal in the company of friends and family. Some of you may have lost those dear to you since last Thanksgiving and while it may be painful without them, be thankful for the good times you enjoyed with them and treasure those previous Thanksgiving meals when you were all together.

Not too many years ago, if you were unable to connect in person with all your love ones, as cross country travel was very expensive, what a task it was to just to try to make a phone call. We had stationary, hard-wired, rotary phones with expensive long distances charges. Many times the phones lines were so busy over a major holiday weekend that calls couldn’t get through. Of course, back then we didn’t have speed dial nor answering machines or voice mail, so you might have to try many times before getting through. Today with our smart phones, computers, tablets and social media, we can ot only send instant pictures and minute by minute details of events to distance family and friends, but we can call them at will at almost any time or even “Skype” them in real time and carry on face to face conversations through our computer screens across the world. Best of all, the charges are either part of your plan or free.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He can be reached at dan@denpubs.com.

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