By Pat Stacey
As we enter the holiday season this year, it is our hope that you and your family plan and participate in some special family events. We have much to be thankful for. There is oppression in much of the world and personal and civil rights are non-existent in many countries. Famine and disease ravage many areas as countries and their citizens scavenge for their next meal. Across the world, people struggle to learn how to read and are denied basic life-saving medical services. We have our problems in America and east Texas is certainly no exception but we have so much to be thankful for. So, when you see those distant family members or meet that veteran through a friend, take an extra moment and pause and give thanks to them and our Creator. Our community and country could very easily be one of the hopeless areas of the world and while, I know that there is a load of political uncertainty, our worst days are infinitely better than most days in other locations across the globe. Keep the faith and give thanks to those who gave and sacrificed before us. It will strengthen our ties with each other and make for a Better East Texas.