Let us be thankful every day of the year

  • A cornucopia of tropical and subtropical fruits are found at local markets, but if you have space in your garden, you may save money on growing your own. With abundant crops you can share with your extended ohana and friends. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Thursday is Thanksgiving but giving thanks for the many blessings we have in Hawaii should be a daily event. For the last several months, it seems many folks have been focusing on the negative, so let’s try something healthier. For this exercise, let us focus on the fact that recent election participation was one the best in recent history. Folks are recognizing that this experiment in democracy takes work. We can look back a how Native Americans, Mexicans, Hawaiians, African Americans, Filipinos, Japanese, Italians, Chinese, Irish and so many other ethnic groups were treated as they tried to fit into the American Dream. We can recognize that the two world wars of the early 20th century killed an estimated 100 million people.