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Our view: Giving thanks

After a loss to the Niwot Cougars on Saturday, Moffat County High School coach Kip Hafey was quick to point out how proud he was of his team.

Hafey didn’t let the disappointment of losing a playoff game negate what his team had accomplished all season. The Bulldogs went 10-2, and the losses were by a combined 11 points.

That’s a great season. It would be shame to chalk it up as a failure and the coach didn’t fall into that trap.

As a community, we can take a page from Hafey’s playbook and emphasize all of the great things that are happening in Craig.

Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of what we have and count our blessings. It would be easy to look at Craig and generalize that we have a lot of problems .

But for every “problem,” there seems to be a group of people working diligently to solve it. That’s what we’re most thankful for. Nobody has thrown in the towel, and a solid corps of concerned residents continuously strives to improve our quality of life.

Craig Mayor Dave DeRose beat us to the punch by pointing out many of the positive things happening in the community in his letter to the editor Tuesday. But for the sake of those who missed his recap, he noted that the Boys and Girls Club of Craig, Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab, Young Life and the Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse task force all came into existence within the last year or so.

In each case, a group of committed individuals recognized a problem (drugs, nothing for youths to do, a defunct nursing home) and set out to fix it. You can add the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition to the list. Soon tit will have a clinic that will help needy children get the care they need to keep their mouths healthy.

We could tick off a lengthy list of groups and individuals who have made a difference during the past year. But we don’t have the time or the space to mention everyone who has contributed something positive the community. We’re thankful for all of the service organizations, church groups and volunteers who perform all of the thankless tasks that keep our community humming along and serve those in need. From soccer coaches to coat drive donors to Salvation Army bell ringers, their contributions — no matter how small — quickly add up to something powerful and heartwarming.

While we’re at it, we’re thankful for the dedicated people who volunteer to serve on the hospital board, the library board, the school board and numerous other governmental entities. They open themselves up to a lot of criticism from an ungrateful public while doing their best to serve their fellow residents.

Finally, we’re thankful to live in a place where random acts of kindness abound. Craig has proven to be a place where people are always willing to lend a helping hand. Small-town life has its disadvantages, but they pale in comparison to the sense of family we share in Craig

Happy Thanksgiving.

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