Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans pause to celebrate and give thanks for the many blessings which we have been given. It is unfortunate that many of us do not remember to give thanks each day.
I have written an article each year in which I reflect on what I am thankful for and have been reminded by The Chronicle to keep it under 750 words which will not allow me to elaborate on the many things which I am thankful for.
That being said, I am thankful for my family which continues to grow each year. Going into 2017, Emmie An and I had three grandsons under the age of three, Cal Witherspoon, Harvey Witherspoon and Woods McCuen. This year we celebrated the birth of our first granddaughter, Emmie Jean Witherspoon and are expecting a second granddaughter in January. If you have a loving, caring family, be very thankful.
The old saying is that money cannot buy health is so true. I am so very thankful for my health. If you are in good health be thankful, because the day will come to all of us when our health will be a concern.
I am also thankful to live in a country with the freedoms that many of us take for granted. I am extremely thankful for the many service members who have served this country so that we can live as free people with the opportunity to determine our own destiny.
I am very thankful for the many generous people of Clinton, who daily serve our city and who have allowed me to serve as their Mayor. I am extremely thankful your faith, confidence, trust and most importantly words of encouragement and support.
As Mayor, I am extremely thankful for the men and women who serve as council members of our city. Many of you are aware that council is conducting a search for our next city manager. I can assure you that this selection is not being taken lightly by our council members. Each council member has done their homework and put in numerous hours to ensure that we pick the candidate who is the best fit for our city. Their professionalism and commitment is something which I and each of you should be thankful for.
Our city employees. If you have never been on the back of a garbage truck at 5:00 a.m. in 27 degree weather or tried to repair a broken water line at 2:00 a.m. in 25 degree weather or repair a downed power line in a downpour, be thankful.
Be thankful that when you have an emergency that our police, first responders and firefighters show up, no matter the time of day or conditions. I am very thankful for the work done by our city employees each and every day.
Our schools and our teachers. On November 10, I had the privilege of attending the Veterans Day program at Clinton High School. The entire program was conducted by the members of the JROTC program at Clinton High. To say that I was impressed by the program and the students would be an understatement. They were outstanding and left me with a sense of pride not only in our country but also in the teachers and instructors who work with our young people. We should all be thankful for our teachers and schools.
I am extremely thankful for our citizens who do their part in making our city the best it can possibly be. The number of volunteers we have in this city never ceases to amaze me. Each candidate who has interviewed for our city manager’s position has commented on how beautiful and neat our city is.
I am thankful for the many churches that Clinton has and the men and women who pastor the people of Clinton. I can assure you that we have some of the finest pastors and churches in the country.
I encourage each of us to be thankful for what we have because there will always be someone who has more and always someone who has less. Be thankful for what you have and count your blessings each day. May you have a blessed, thankful Thanksgiving.
(Bob McLean is mayor of The City of Clinton.)