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Letters: Giving thanks cuts both ways

November 25, 2012

Re "The good news of 2012," Editorial, Nov. 22

Your list of things to be thankful for is sadly divisive. Almost half of your joy is geared to one side of bitter partisan divides, creating equal consternation for almost half of the nation. You're the obnoxious brother-in-law at a wedding who cannot let go of politics even as the bride is walking down the aisle. Much of what you are thankful for will rip apart this country for decades.

Other items are so insignificant that your gratitude for them is sad: Thanks for the "Ultra HD" television?

It is sad you find so little we can all be thankful for: The fact that we live in a free country; the beauty of the arts; the mountains, beaches, deserts and other wonders of California; and the fact that we had an election, regardless of whether your guy won.

David Goodwin

Los Angeles

In listing what we have to be thankful for in 2012, The Times omitted one very important thing.

Regardless of our divisions and controversies, we have to be thankful that we live in the United States. Compared with most of the world, we have it pretty darn good. There must be a reason why visas are prized and borders are crossed to get here.

Our forebears were smart cookies.

Charlene Scherer

Rancho Mirage


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