Editorial | Holiday wishes

The story of Fred and Otto, reunited here on Mercer Island 70 years after the horror of World War II and the Holocaust, serves as a poignant reminder of how lucky we are in this country. Instead of dwelling on the terrible struggles they endured, the pair celebrates what they found in America.

How fortunate that nearly all here on Mercer Island are without great need and are warm and dry. (That if we wish, we can take the time to worry about how we sort our trash rather than if we have enough to eat.) That we have more than enough to share with others.

We can imagine some of the good wishes that Islanders have for a merry and holy holiday season and beyond — whether they be Jewish or Muslim or Christian. For the coming year we wish for peace, of course, but also for new opportunities for those who have lost so much in this economic downturn.

We wish:

*For a successful holiday season that brings good news for Island businesses both big and small.

*A holiday season and beyond that will bring good jobs to those unemployed or under-employed.

*That those affected by cuts from programs in social services to special education to home health care and transportation will be able to still get the services they need.

*To give thanks to all who offer a helping hand: neighbors, co-workers, family, friends and strangers.

*Healing for those who have been ill or hurt physically or mentally during the last year. We wish them help and a speedy recovery.

* For those who are far from home at war, in harm’s way, we pray for a safe and swift return home.

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