We're Thankful, Naturally (Editorial)

It’s Thanksgiving week, a time when remarkably little seems to get done except travel and food preparation. Football ought to be a big thing at this time of year, but the Razorbacks just don’t seem to be the topic of as much excited chatter around the office printer as they used to be. (The printer has replaced the water cooler, has it not?)

There is much, however, to be thankful for. Here are a few items:

• People like Cliff and Kristen Lee, Jay Rogers and the others who have stepped up to preserve and revitalize Lamar Porter Field. And not just those folks and that project. There are unlimited needs and worthy projects, and thousands of Arkansans working in complete anonymity to meet those needs and complete those projects. The spirit of community is alive and well.

• The increasing number of company expansions that are popping up. This week we report on cautious optimism in the logging industry, but we have also reported on furniture manufacturer Vinh Long coming to Morrilton and American Tubing’s expansion at Springdale and Ritter Grain Services’ expansion at Otwell. The entrepreneurial spirit is also alive and well.

• The word “bubble” is back in our vocabulary. Bubbles aren’t a good thing, of course, but the new record highs of the major stock indices that have led to bubble talk tells us that optimism is alive and well.

• A lovely autumn in Arkansas, definitely above-average, and so far free of the terrible storms that have wreaked havoc in Indiana and Illinois. The reds and golds remind us to appreciate the four seasons of The Natural State, something we sometimes forget in August.

Here’s wishing you, dear reader, even more to be thankful for as the season of baking and buying and budgeting arrives in full force.