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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:41 pm | Updated: 4:15 pm, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

Musings on this page often lean more toward the complaint than the compliment, but today, Thanksgiving Day, begs to be different.

Residents of Fairbanks and Alaska have much for which to be thankful.

We can start with our families. None is perfect, of course, and for some reason this holiday inspires people to half-humorously, half-seriously bemoan that fact more than most. Nevertheless, many of us will gather today with those family members and be thankful again for the opportunity.

That’s because most of us enjoy our relatives and receive a great deal of support from them. That support ranges from minor acts of consideration to major acts of sacrifice and kindness.

The same can be said of this community in general. We can all find differences and annoyances, but we pull together when a neighbor is in need. We also contribute to a remarkable number of causes, from charities to arts to politics. It all adds to the vibrancy of this place, and for that we can be thankful.

We also can be thankful for the remarkable and unique environment in which we live. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, the air gets a bit thick. Yes, it’s expensive. But it comes with all the amenities of a less crowded place.

As a result, many of us stay year after year and are glad to do so. Today, it’s time to give thanks for all we have — from the curious opportunities available in this sub-arctic land to the equally curious people who inhabit it.

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