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Updated: December 24, 2012 6:22AM

Lincoln’s proclamation
for Thanksgiving Day
is related by reader

Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed a holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. The following is part of President Lincoln’s proclamation:

“Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Note that this day was made a holiday to give thanks to God in heaven.

Bob Lee


We need not jump
off the fiscal cliff

President Kennedy once said; “Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable — and we believe they can do it again.”

America is still a great country and capable of doing many great things without question, I firmly believe. The so-called “fiscal cliff” is the first major issue coming up after the election that we must expect and demand that all members of Congress must come together and “compromise” a viable solution that involves all Americans one way or another, not just a select group of people.

Our problems were made together, we can surely solve them together. I ask you all to please start calling your local members of the House and Senate each week if possible to put added pressure on them to let them know that solutions must be constant and on-going in these next four years and beyond. We are done waiting and it cannot be about the next election but about what gets solved today.

Please have your family and friends call their members of Congress. You don’t need to be heard just on election day. I have found that people do not realize that you can call your members of Congress as much as you like. Remember, they work for you first and foremost, not for the special interests, not the Political Action Committees and not the lobbyists.

If you don’t like the answers you are getting from the people you talk to, ask for their chief of staff or their legislative director or the people that are in charge of running their office. It does not matter what party they belong to, their ideology or what they believe in.

Please be polite when you call and view them as part of the solution, not the problem. Give them your name and home city and let them know your concerns about wanting to get things done starting now!

We recently celebrated our Veterans Day. We have many people in this country who have done amazing things for the defense of our nation that involved incredible courage and bravery under intense circumstances. The problems our country faces are significant, but fairly easy ones to solve compared to what our veterans faced on our behalf in the many years past on the battle field as they always found a way to succeed.

It is not too much to ask our elected members of Congress to do their jobs and do what needs to be done for our country. The contacts are as follows to please call any time you like for their Washington D.C. Office (note they have local offices as well in Illinois that can be found online); Senator Dick Durbin at 202-224-2152, Senator Mark Kirk, 202-224-2854, Congressman Randy Hultgren, 202-225-2976 and Congresswoman Judy Biggert, 202-225-3515 (contact Bill Foster in January in place of Judy Biggert).

David R. Edelman


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