November 25, 2010

Governor Carcieri's Thanksgiving Message

Monique Chartier

Received via e-mail this morning. Inspirational even to this heathen.

"Grace is everywhere." These were the final words of the curé in Bernanos' famous novel, "Diary of a Country Priest." One does not have to be religious to be aware of how much has been given to us and how this knowledge moves us to gratitude.

In these past several years, I have been moved to gratitude by many things, most strongly the sacrifice of fellow Rhode Islanders who serve in the Armed Forces, putting their lives on the line for our freedom and way of life. I am continually thankful for the everyday dedication of parents and teachers who guide our young people, and for the young people themselves who give us energy and idealism and optimism. I give thanks for public servants who give their all for the common good. I am grateful for the passion of advocates on all sides of political issues as they seek what is best for our society.

No matter how often I see people motivated by self-interest and power and greed, I see even more people who work for something greater than themselves. No matter how much I see need and discouragement, I see greater generosity and determination. No matter how often I see those eager to tear others down, I see even more who build others up. I am thankful for all this goodness that is evident around us. Like most, I am thankful for my family and those close to me, but I have been privileged to witness so much goodness all across our great state and for this blessing I am grateful.

Grace is everywhere. Each year we pause to remember the Pilgrims' experience and to open our own hearts to expressions of thankfulness. This Thanksgiving, I join with all Rhode Islanders in giving thanks and in hoping that each one of us can look beyond ourselves to others' needs and the greater good. May our observance of this national holiday make us worthy of the blessings that have been given to us.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Donald L. Carcieri

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Let's remember that it was this Governor who ordered the attack by the State Police on the Narragansett Tribe. Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Phil at November 25, 2010 10:25 AM

Hey Phil,
Even on this site there are those rare occasions where you should check your politics at the door.

Posted by: G-Man at November 25, 2010 11:11 AM

Troubled by an inconvenient truth, G-Man?

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at November 25, 2010 2:46 PM

OTL and Phil couldn't let this get by them-it's like the bell with Pavlov's dogs.
Actually,I'm the same way with Steven Brown,but Stevie wouldn't be sending anyone Thanksgiving greetings.

Posted by: joe bernstein at November 25, 2010 4:03 PM

Nice to see you as part of the "Peace, Love" crowd; such delicate sensitivities. Very surprising.

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at November 25, 2010 5:20 PM

otl-????What was in the punchbowl at your house,Everclear and Hawaiin Punch?
Uh,oh I said "Hawaiian"-here comes Ken.
happy Thanksgiving all.

Posted by: joe bernstein at November 25, 2010 6:26 PM

Attack? The Indians brought that one on themselves. They didn't deserve any better treatment.

Posted by: G-Man at November 25, 2010 11:16 PM

joe Bernstein,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the rest of the Anchor Rising.

Favorite Hawaiian Punch is “POG” which stands for pineapple, orange and guava. No respectable Hawaiian household is without at least a quart in the refrigerator made by the local dairy. Mixes well with liquids that have a kick to them.

What am I thankful for this year? Moving out of Rhode Island to a state where my retirement income is exempted from state income tax, no car tax, property tax $300 a year, sales tax 4.5%, no winter heating bills or clothes to purchase or snow to shovel, healthcare insurance $100 cheaper a month than in RI, a state with a balanced fiscal budget, unemployment ranking 6th lowest in nation, state economy in recession recovery, no stress and being able to swim in the ocean on Thanksgiving Day with a high sunny temp of 83 degrees.

Posted by: Ken at November 26, 2010 1:04 AM

G Man

There was almost twelve hours between your two comments. The first you seemed to be saying that the holiday was a rare occasion and not suitable for politics. (The Governor's Thanksgiving day message was blatantly political)
Then the second where you have your hate on for the "indians" as you call them. What happened? I on the other hand am going to be consistent when I continue to carve out a place for truth which takes no holiday and suggest that if you and the Governor don't like it you can just you know really stuff it.

Posted by: Phil at November 26, 2010 7:25 AM
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