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Thanksgiving is a time of the year for reflection for all of the good we have.
Even during a moment of historical transition in our country where we are celebrating our first Black President-elect Barack Obama, economic times are difficult for many of us.
The job market is shrinking, the integrity of our financial institutions have been questioned, but through it all we have proven to be a resilient group of people who have gained strength while others are weakened.
We rely heavily on our religions, our family and friends and each other to withstand the test of the most difficult moments.
As the sprit of Thanksgiving began to spread this week with annual turkey giveaways at Jackson Limousine Service in West Los Angeles, and hundreds of people lined-up a mile long, it is a vivid reminder of the generosity that such individuals such as EJ have for his community.
We must be appreciative of people like him and businesses like Radio Free KJLH who partnered with organizations like the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission to feed thousands of homeless men, women and children during this season of thanks as well as providing thousands of dollars worth of hygiene products and basic necessities we all too often take for granted.
We must also applaud organizations and the hundreds of volunteers who work with programs like Mothers In Action; people who give up parts of their own Thanksgiving Day plans to annually go and care for our elderly and bed stricken seniors. These dedicated community servants make sure that our seniors are not forgotten on Thanksgiving.
In these trying economic times it is all to easy to forget how blessed we really are. We focus on our own challenges in life and often take for granted how much better off we are than others.
Therefore it is incumbent on each of us to dig down deep and share what we can, find the good in others and rejoice with them. And to remember how precious this journey of life is and that today we have a magnificent blessing to participate in it.
Lastly, I want to say a special Thank You to outgoing Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke for her many years of dedicated service to our community. You have been an outstanding leader and a truly dedicated public servant. This community certainly owes you a huge debt of gratitude for all that you have done. But beyond the community I want to say a very special and personal Thank You on behalf of the entire Bakewell Family. You have been a leader, a SHERO and more importantly a true friend and friendship is one thing that can never be replaced. Good Luck in whatever you decide to do now that life is starting over again for you.
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor