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Wisdom: Thankful for America

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Vail Daily, Vail Colorado COOn the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there. Here, we publish excerpts of those comments:Simple thanks We in America have a tremendous amount of blessings to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Just take a moment and think about your ancestors and what they went through when they first came to the United States. Some of them came through the golden door legally and some did not. Most immigrants have benefited this country so significantly that it would be hard to imagine where we would be without them. Somewhere in one of your quiet moments this Thanksgiving will you recognize the men and women that harvest our crops in America and say to them, “Thank you for all you do to feed us.” We have been given so much. Will you take into account that our society has been built on immigrants since the Declaration of Independence? This may be difficult, but before you just go with a knee-jerk reaction to the immigration debate, ask yourself “How would my immigrant ancestors handle the current immigration issue?” Only in their voice can you get to the right thing to do. http://www.americanharvestmovie.com nyfilmmaker Respect bloggersJoe Shea of The Ameriocan Reporter writes: We have always gotten our credentials, so while we have not been “thwarted” in the course of these discussions we certainly have been frustrated. And I didn’t come to Denver “looking for a fight”; I came to avoid one by circumventing the highly personal and intrusive questions of the Congressional Press Gallery. A few minutes before I spoke up, I had a discussion of the issue with Joe Keenan of the Congressional Press Gallery and learned I would have to go through it all over again. He wanted to know how many subscribers we had, how many ads, how much time our staffers spent on work for us, etc. The questions are the very opposite of democracy and press freedom; in any federally-approved system, equality under the law should be the operating principle. When it was clear that would not be the case, I spoke up. Best, Joe Shea The American Reporter http://www.american-reporter.comEagle housingIf more housing is built in Eagle, how will the town pay for the required services and infrastructure to support the new residents? The town has this problem now and can’t keep up with the rising population from Eagle Ranch, the Orchards and other developments. The town needs to generate sales tax revenue to keep up (unless you’d like to see the streets crumble and your trash, water and sewer rates skyrocket). So, unfortunately, the answer is more shopping to draw people to the town to spend their money and generate sales tax revenues. EagleEye

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