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Continued: A time for gratitude but not for repose

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 27, 2013 - 6:17 PM

Be grateful for a year without significant tornadoes and floods in our region. Be mindful that extreme weather is increasingly common, and that we’ve done little to address climate change.

Be grateful for the leadership of retiring Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and re-elected St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Be mindful that Minneapolis Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges and new school board and City Council members in both cities face important challenges and have much to learn.

Be grateful for the election of a record number of immigrants (five) to school board and City Council seats in Minneapolis and St. Paul this fall. Be mindful that too many new Americans still face anti-immigrant bias.

Be grateful that trains will soon be running on the Central Corridor light-rail line. Be mindful that tough decisions about transit, including the fate of the Southwest light-rail line, lie ahead for the Twin Cities.

Be grateful that Downtown East may soon boast a new Vikings stadium, promising mixed-use development and a park that would bring new life to Minneapolis. Be mindful that there likely will be more hurdles to come for these projects.

Be grateful that Gophers football coach Jerry Kill and his team have been able to prove the critics wrong by overcoming early-season adversity to post a winning record. Be mindful that what the coach has taught us about epilepsy is more important than wins and losses.

Be grateful that the world champion Minnesota Lynx continue to demonstrate the wisdom of equalizing men’s and women’s athletics. Be mindful that while athletic barriers have fallen for women, economic obstacles remain.

Be grateful for the willingness of several high-profile actors, journalists and others to share their battles with cancer to raise awareness. Be mindful that researchers will succeed in finding new treatments only if they have the necessary support.

Be grateful for friends and family who come together to celebrate today. Be mindful of the need to treasure traditions passed down to us, but also of the need to have the flexibility to create new traditions going forward.

We are grateful for our loyal readers and advertisers, who have made this another successful year for the Star Tribune. And we are mindful that we must earn your trust every day and never take your loyalty for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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