Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans

To the Editor:
On this Thanksgiving, of the many things that I am thankful for are my mother’s choice not to deny me life in her womb, the freedoms which we enjoy, especially the freedom of speech, and freedom from corrupt government officials trying to fix elections.

Like your mom could have chosen to deny you the opportunity to pursue happiness, my mom could have chosen to abort me, too. I, for one, am glad that my mom chose life.

I am not sure if she made her choice because she more wanted me, or because she less wanted to live with the lifelong questions that she would likely have asked herself about her choice. As much as I appreciate her choice, and the opportunity that it afforded to me, there are certainly people suffering today, alive as a result of the choice that their own mom’s had made ….

Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans on the holiday that Abe Lincoln used to unite the nation against the political party which fought a war to keep the vast majority of Black Americans enslaved. 

Edgar Tolmie


Editor’s note: The Civil War was fought between the Union and the Confederacy, made up of southern states that had seceded from the United States.

The Oct. 3, 1863 proclamation that Abraham Lincoln issued, written by Secretary of State William Seward after the Battle of Gettysburg, said the celebration on the last Thursday of November was “to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”

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