A Ripon resident and faithful Commonwealth reader suggested that as “a break from all the negativity and stress people are feeling because of the political climate and the COVID outbreak,” this newspaper devote an editorial giving readers an opportunity to share their Thanksgiving blessings.

What are you grateful for?

We hope to publish these next week, when our dateline will be Thanksgiving day.

In the meantime, here are just a few of our blessings to inspire you to share a few of your own.

During Thanksgiving 2020, we are particularly grateful for:

Advent Devotional

The Ripon Ministerial Association’s eight member congregations teamed up to produce a 2020 Advent Devotional, with community members providing thoughts on scripture from the 24 days of advent.

  • Teachers. Health-care providers. Police. Emergency-service folks. And others on the front line who risk their own safety to maximize ours.
  • Political polling — We like that pollsters got it wrong for the second presidential election in a row. Nice to know that the people speak when the votes are counted, not when number crunchers try to pre-ordain election results by calling likely voters.
  • Town of Brooklyn Chairman Mike Wuest. Though he’s often in his office, the chairman also gets on a tractor and moves brush at the town recycling center. Reminds us of town of Ripon Chairman Barry VandeBrink, who singlehandedly operated the town recycling center when a blizzard prevented employees from getting to work.
  • Owners of small businesses who have proven resilient and creative during these difficult months.
  • The Ripon Area Ministerial Association (RAMA), for proving that folks of different denominations can play nicely in God’s sandbox. Look for Advent Devotional brochure entries to be posted daily on RAMA’s website and Facebook page.
  • Democrat wins the White House while Republicans gain House seats and probably take the Senate. Evidence that this is a centrist nation that seeks moderate progression, which cannot afford limitless freebies for all or endure any more nativist, xenophobic babble.
  • Watson Street businesses that urge if not require customers to wear masks. These include but are not limited to Dear Prudence, Patina Vie, the Historic Mapes Hotel, Hart Mercantile, Diedrich Jewelers, Dig, Fox River Glove, American Family Insurance, Roadhouse Pizza, Traded Treasures,Visioncare Associates, The Public House, Edward Jones Investments, Grant Pack-N-Ship & Office Supply, Imagineers, Back Porch Gatherings, Adeva, Hair Today, Revive, Lotus Root Yoga, Ripon Commonwealth Press/Express, Fiddler Creek, Mugs Coffeehouse, Déjà Vu Boutique & Home, Ripon Drug, Simply Glowing Gifts and Suki’s Fur Sure.
  • Vines & Rushes Winery for its generous “Cause of the Mondays” promotion to benefit local non-profits.
  • Santa Claus, for remembering Ripon during this holiday time and for learning to play the tuba during his off-season.
  • The folks who staff the Ripon Food Pantry and Traded Treasures, for caring for the “least among us,” which someone asked us to do more than 2,000 years ago.

— Tim Lyke

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(11) comments

Dale Failor

The election is over, time for all of us to be grateful.

Sallie Helmer

The election is over but the winner has not been certified. You didn't complain when Democrat Al Gore contested election results 20 years ago in 2020.

Dale Failor

The only responses that should be posted are ones related to the original letter. The original letter was about giving thanks, not publishing BS about the election.

Sallie Helmer

"Just got some intel that the U.S. Army is in possession of the Dominion server. The Army was NOT in the lead on this operation. They could not interfere directly. Working in tandem with the state department the DOJ obtained direct access to the server that was located in Germany. The U.S. Army was then given the green light to raid and seize the server. The U.S. Government now knows "Who gave the direct orders to stop counting, why they stopped counting, and who headed up the entire operation." - Also, the CIA was exempted from the entire operation. This is why Esper was fired as well. He had direct knowledge and intel on Dominion but sat on it. He had to be removed to make the operation possible. " This election will not be determined by "recounts" or "audits." Dominion and the server as proof will be the deciding factor in flipping this election back to where it belongs. This explains why Pompeo is so confident that Trump will continue and there will be no "transition." This also explains where Barr has been and what he has been doing. This is also why Trump has been quiet."

Dale Failor

I talked with a person who just finished putting outdoor lights up for Christmas and she said she was hopeful it would add some cheer to the neighborhood. So many people are looking for safe things to do and this is one of them, drive around the community and enjoy the lights. A lot of work goes into this so lets thank the people that take the time to do this. We all need some kind of safe way to enjoy the holiday season and take our minds off the problems we are all up against now.

Dale Failor

I would like to suggest as a break from all the negativity is to stop responding to all Sallie's negative comments on things. We are just encouraging her to keep it up. I think we should all let her say whatever she wants with no response from anyone. People in our community all know her and what she is so let her blab all she wants with no responses. This just might get rid of all the negative attitudes and create a lot more room for positive things to be said.

Sallie Helmer

I agree Dave---- why don't you stop posting negative comments about me? Posting about the greatest President the United States has had in a long time, Donald J. Trump, is not negative.

Sallie Helmer

Wow, I cannot believe you prematurely believe the Democrats won the presidency!

"Democrat wins the White House while Republicans gain House seats and probably take the Senate. Evidence that this is a centrist nation that seeks moderate progression, which cannot afford limitless freebies for all or endure any more nativist, xenophobic babble." Quoting Tim Lyke

Obviously you believe the media can call an election. Again, the Democrats and Never-Trumpers underestimate President Donald J. Trump.

The media does not call an election.

No one state has yet even certified its vote. Certification, in fact, has not even begun. In fact, the electors do not vote until December 14th. We have one President at a time and until there are certifications or the electors vote on December 14th, the democratic process must be allowed to play out.

Michael Shohoney

The Democrats did win the Presidency by all accounts and metrics. The media has "called" the election (i.e. reported the results of the election) forever I don't recall you complaining when Cheetohead won in 2016 by a smaller margin than Joe Biden won this one. Why is that? Oh, because it doesn't fit your myopic view of the world. He lost, Sallie. Wake up and smell the coffee and prepare yourself for four years of Biden/Harris!

Sallie Helmer

"Trump so popular he ‘broke the algorithm’

Once again, just like they did in 2016, the Deep State seriously underestimated how popular President Donald Trump is with his deplorable fan base.

The deep state election engineers weren’t counting on Trump’s popularity causing the rigging system to glitch out. That’s how they were caught.

Rudy Giuliani boldly pointed the finger at Joe Biden, calling him criminally complicit in what is now known to be a global conspiracy to rig the election. George Soros is connected to the companies which programmed the voting machines to automatically tilt the election.

Patriotic Americans can rest assured that their beloved President Donald Trump will firmly hold the White House for another term. The fraudulent election results will be overturned." https://trendingrightwing.com/top-attorney-claims-they-have-the-smoking-gun-that-proves-trump-won/?utm_source=TRW%20Master%20Mailer%20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:20836502&utm_campaign=Top%20Attorney%20Claims%20They%20Have%20the%20%E2%80%98Smoking%20Gun%E2%80%99%20That%20PROVES%20Trump%20Won!

Sallie Helmer

This a news report. https://fb.watch/21ds1IGYvv/

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