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                      Thanksgiving Day Thoughts

Its that time of year again! When we get to hopefully spend time with family, and in some cases that can mean seeing family that we dont get to see everyday, this is the perfect time to hear what they are up to and whats been happening with your family. A time to give thanks for all that we have, obviously that does not mean just material possessions.

I was attending a meeting one day where there was a presentation on benefits and the presenter said Unions were "spoiled" by good benefits, this comment obviously angered all the union members in the room, as we dont consider what we fought hard to gain at the negotiations table as privileges, especially at a time where we seem to be continually facing take away's in exchange for minimal wage increases.

I know that sounds like we dont have things to be thankful for, but instead I think it is a wake up call to not allow ourselves to overlook or take for granted everything we have to be thankful for and let the everyday issues come into perspective. I know we are faced with work place issues that cloud our ability to see the good things in our lives. This is the time of year to reflect on how truly blessed we are.

I will say that I am extremely thankful for my wife, she is what keeps me going everyday, I am also thankful for the rest of my family and their health and happiness. I am thankful for my grandchildren  as I see faith in the future in their hands and especially in their eyes, their wonder and excitement thrills and renews my faith in this world continuing to exist. I am thankful to all of you and the relationships we have, I know this is why its called a brotherhood.

My hope is that all of us will take time to pause in our busy lives and give thanks to everything in our lives, it is also my hope that you all have a Happy Holiday, and also remember those of us that will be working to keep the Utilities on.  



John Garretson II

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