With the coming of Thanksgiving we here in Jefferson County should be more thankful then most. The upheaval of the last year has left us relative unsaved. The mountains keep more then just band weather from the east. Still there are those among us who need our help. There are issues in Jefferson County that still need to be solved. The Freedom of Want which was part of the Four Freedoms that President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of more then sixty years ago still needs our attention. There are those in the county that still struggle with Basic needs. The churches have formed an organization that helps and the Department of Social services still helps others, but there is still more to be done. Thanksgiving is just one day a year. The spirit of the holidays last at best for two months. The rest of the year hundreds of our citizens still fight just to survive until the next day.
I wish I knew what the answer is, As I have gotten older and the economy has gotten tighter I can feel the pinch of want, but I am fortunate in having a lot of good friends and a know how on how to use the system for help. Somehow we aught to try and find a way that each of us reaches out to our fellow man or woman and most of all child. Organized help is only part of the answer. The age old question is still ask “Are we our brothers keeper?” To me the answer is yes, but finding ways to help is just as old as the question.
Let us at lest try. Instead of just adopting a tree or a project let each of us adopt a brother and try to make a difference.
From some of the responses from you the reader I am encouraged to keep the Crier going. Thanks for your support. May all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a early Merry Christmas.
James P. Whipple
Editor of the Charles Town Crier