November 24, 2010


By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

No doubt by now everyone has their Thanksgiving plans well in place. Maybe you are going to see friends or relatives for the big Thanksgiving feast. Or maybe this year, you are having family and friends over. Whatever you are doing this Thanksgiving, I hope that you will reflect on all that we have to be thankful for in the United States.
Yes, the United States has its share of problems. Today, the American economy is in a major turmoil. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost, homeowners across the country are being foreclosed on, and businesses are struggling to keep their doors open. And the news on the economy never seems to be getting any better.
But our problems, both as a nation and as individuals, pale in comparison to those experienced by other parts of the world.
While we may be wondering where we are going to eat on Thanksgiving Day and how we can possibly cram another morsel of food into our mouth, somewhere there are people in the world who are wondering if they will find any food to feed themselves and their families.
While we worry about our finances, what is happening to our retirement funds, and how we are going to make our mortgage payments, there are many in the world that have no finances to worry about. They don’t have time to be worried about tomorrow; they are just trying to live another day.
While we worry about our changing wardrobes, homes and automobiles, and college expenses, there are people who are wearing rags, living in cardboard boxes and who will never own any form of transportation or ever dream of an education.
America is truly a blessed country, and equally blessed are those of us that live in this land of freedom and abundance, for there are millions of people that will never have a fraction of what we have.
So this Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you have. But remember that Thanksgiving is a time for sharing.


Ready or not, Christmas is just around the corner, and Watford City will be kicking off the start of the holiday season in a grand way this Friday with its annual Parade of Lights, which will making its way down Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Over the years, Watford City merchants, the Chamber of Commerce, and a host of other special groups have done a great job of sponsoring special events in the community throughout the holiday season. But one of my favorites has to be the way our community kicks off Christmas every Friday after Thanksgiving.
Over the years, Mother Nature has smiled on our kick-off celebration with mild temperatures, which have provided us with a very pleasant evening for enjoying the festivities and browsing through the stores.
So this year be a part of the start of a great holiday season in Watford City by taking in the Parade of Lights and then spend an evening browsing through your local stores.