Let’s all take a less cynical approach
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Francis P. Church’s response to an 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s question, “Is there a Santa Claus?” is a classic example of the positive approach to life.
Church, a former American Civil War correspondent, cynic and atheist, gave a young American girl hope in the late 1890s.
His message was simple; belief in something good sometimes brings happiness.
We need a little bit of that these days. Let’s put aside all reference to the Delta variant, political partisan bickering, racial bias, Olympic downfalls and violence on the streets.
In place of such negative media-driven topics, let’s conjure up some of the bright spots in our lives.
The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that we live in a country which, in spite of all the internal criticism, offers up a quality of living unparalleled in modern times.
We have a six-day-a-week mail delivery service which is second to none. Our medical institutions are among the best in the world. Our economy, in spite of the fact that some individuals decline offers to work, is still full of job opportunities.
In less than one month, college football will offer weekend opportunities for family outings.
In less than a month, trees across the United States will come ablaze not with forest fires, but with the multi-colored leaves of fall.
Children will be returning to school, and normalcy, a term once thought dead will return.
And don’t forget Santa Claus.
Allen R. Remaley
Grateful to PBA for great night of fun
Wow! I would like to thank the Rotterdam PBA for a wonderful Night Out which they hosted on Aug. 3.
The location at Jefferson School was perfect, the car show was awesome, and there were many family activities.
Vendors set up tables, food trucks were present, and there was a canopy with picnic tables for your comfort.
A local farm hosted pony rides with an exhibit of baby goats and chicks, along with a dispenser for feed.
Law enforcement, as well as EMTs and fire departments, were present to answer any and all of your questions. And the evening ended with fireworks.
It was an absolutely amazing event! They represented true community spirit and support.
Thank you to all our service men and women in Rotterdam.
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