HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The issue: Thanksgiving Day.

Our opinion: A day to give thanks.

As is tradition, members of the Chronicle Editorial Board share thankful thoughts every year on Thanksgiving Day. We wish all in Citrus County a happy holiday.


I am thankful for the courage and loyalty of the people who work for me at the Chronicle. The combination of COVID, a hateful national election and a slumping economy has made this one of the most difficult years of all time. But each day these professionals work their tails off and produce and deliver our daily newspaper. Each morning I start up my coffee and then walk to the front steps to retrieve my paper. And I am thankful.   

Gerry Mulligan/publisher

Today, my children and I are thankful we are waking up in our new house, having completed a 14-month journey in the Habitat for Humanity program. I am thankful for my children — Jackson, Jayden and Emmalyn — who inspire me to better on a daily basis. I am thankful they are smart and full of life. I am thankful for my close friends, who provide encouragement, wisdom and prayer for my family. But I encourage each of you to find one item daily that you are thankful for, because a thankful heart is a full heart.

– Jeff Bryan/managing editor, news

It’s been a tough year for everyone, and this year I’m thankful there is hope on the horizon. And I’m thankful I get to spend one more Thanksgiving with my terminally-ill father, a man who taught me the value of a hard day of work.

Brian LaPeter/assistant managing editor, news

This has been a whirlwind of a year, but in reflection, some wonderful things have come to fruition amid the moments of chaotic uncertainty. The important elements of life — family, friends and love — keep us grounded and ready to take on any challenge thrown at us. As we come together (albeit a little differently) to say thanks this year, hug your loved ones a little bit longer, do something in unprompted kindness or exercise anything you can think of to spread a little more joy in this world. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that each moment on this earth is a precious gift. From our family to yours, have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

– Gwen Bittner/assistant managing editor, desk

Since the Pilgrims first gathered in 1619 to celebrate the blessing of a bountiful harvest, Thanksgiving has been a special time to give thanks for the many God given blessings we share as Americans. In light of COVID-19’s human and economic toll, the blessing I am most thankful for this year is that I live in a caring community where kindness and generosity toward each other is valued. With deep gratitude, I thank my Lord and Savior for those individuals and organizations that freely give their time and resources to make our community a better place by caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, helping the needy, nurturing our youths, comforting the lonely, and preserving our natural heritage. God bless each of you.

Curt Ebitz/volunteer member

It’s been quite a year, not what anyone anticipated. Lots of changes — some not so great. But one thing endures: everything’s easier with an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for every moment. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted. If someone asks whether my cup is half-full or half-empty, I say I’m thankful to have a cup. Express gratitude: tell people you appreciate them. It can change a life, maybe even yours.

Rebecca Martin/volunteer member

I am thankful for my wife who has always been my supporter and encourager. We will celebrate our 61st Thanksgiving together this year. I am thankful our entire family is healthy. I am thankful for the nurses and doctors and other public servants who are working long hours protecting safety and health on this holiday. I am particularly thankful for the patrons and members of the Art Center who have donated so generously to help keep the organization operating during these very trying times. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

Mac Harris/volunteer member