Our letter to Santa
We understand this is the season for giving.
But, we also know that, in the spirit of Christmas, giving can come in many forms.
In lieu of doling out presents to each and every one of you, we decided to pen our own letter to Santa but not ask for ourselves, however for others:
We know you are busy looking at your list and checking it twice along with preparing for the big day Wednesday.
We know your sack is filled with presents for all the good children of the world, so we will keep our requests short:
• Can you ensure a safe and happy Christmas for everyone? We know people are in the air or on the road traveling to see family and friends as part of the holidays. Can you help those driving be safe and smart when sharing the roadway with others?
• We ask for good cheer for everyone. Times are hard and there are still a lot of families in need. We do ask everyone be happy and enjoy the season.
• We also ask for peace. We know it is a daunting and sometimes overused request but we are sincere when we ask. It is a difficult request to fulfill and probably won't happen anytime soon but it certainly doesn't hurt to ask.
• We would also ask for everyone to develop a sense of community. It is easy to think only about ourselves and what we can do for us as individuals but it seems more monumental for us to think about our community and what can be done for the benefit all. We understand there are people who have this sense, but the more the merrier.
• It would be nice if we could have a job for every unemployed resident of Rutherford County but we know that might be a little outside your scope of holiday giving. However, we do ask for guidance and support for the endeavors that could bring those jobs to our community. Things might be getting better but they are far from where they could be.
• We ask for leadership. This is a broad request but considering what we have seen on the national level, it definitely applies. Our leaders have spent more time bickering and finger-pointing and less time leading and we have suffered for it. We grow tired of the same news over and over about how our leaders can't seem to get along. It would be nice to see it happen where our leaders put their constituents ahead of their politics.
• It might seem a little hokey but we would also ask for everyone to get along. Our community and our nation has been ripped apart by political partisanship and it would be nice to see it stop. We have gone from civil discourse to name-calling, bashing and hateful communication to those we don't agree with. How can we ever be the community we want to be with the kind of discourse we take part in?
• Most importantly, we ask for you to watch over us all. We can be selfish and trite on occasion but we believe everyone is good at their core.
In the end, we know you can't make everyone's Christmas dreams come true and we hope our list is not convoluted.
The bottom line is we wish the best for everyone and goodwill to all men, women and children.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Alex Moore, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark