Wednesday, November 30, 2022

This Thanksgiving, We Appreciate Our Local Public Servants

This Thanksgiving holiday, The Newburgh News, LLC would like to take a moment to reflect on all that our community is thankful for.

First and most importantly, The Newburgh News speaks on behalf of the entire community in thanking our veterans and current military members for their service. Whether past or present, men and women of the armed forces dedicate their lives to defending the freedom and safety of our great nation. They are fellow citizens just like the rest of us who signed up to put their lives on the line for the rest of us. To our veterans and active duty military: Your community appreciates you.

We are also thankful for our neighborhood first responders. Volunteer firefighters, EMTs and paramedics jump out of bed in the middle of the night to answer our emergency calls for help. They are regular community members with jobs who are busy and have families. They put that all aside and spring into action when their neighbors need help – even during Thanksgiving dinner or on Christmas morning. Among other first responders we are grateful for are the professional firefighters, police, and paid emergency medical services. They dedicate their careers to serving their community, oftentimes in dangerous circumstances.

Let us not forget our countless civic organizations. The Newburgh News frequently reports about everything they do to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers take time away from their jobs and families to lend a helping hand. Many organizations have put a lot of hard work into raising money and preparing Thanksgiving meals for community members who could not afford them. Throughout the year, members of these organizations pitch in with elbow grease, their own money, and their own time to perform improvements or provide services for their neighbors.

Elected officials from municipal levels are also appreciated. Although politics tend to become a little more shady at state and federal levels, local leaders generally are not getting rich from their jobs. Most council members serve part-time positions for low wages. They too have other full-time employment obligations. Although these positions are technically part-time, the council members often fulfill these positions all hours of the day and night, taking time away from their families. Although political issues will never fully be agreed on, one thing is for sure – Local officials typically have the best of intentions for their constituents.

Finally, The Newburgh News is thankful for our loyal readers. Without our readership, we would not be able to continue promoting all of the positive happenings in our community.

This Thanksgiving, we urge everyone to put the negativity aside and be thankful for everything that we have.

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