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Thanksgiving Day 2007

November 22, 2007

On this Thanksgiving Day, it is most appropriate that The Herald-Mail's editorial staff spends a few moments remembering what we are thankful for. We hope that some of our blessings will be shared by you as well.

We are thankful for our readers, who buy our product, read it and use it to mark the milestones of their lives - weddings, births and finally, the deaths of their loved ones.

We are thankful for our advertisers. Without their support, the newspaper would be much more expensive than it is now.

And we can't leave out those who support our Newspaper In Education program, which delivers free newspapers to area classrooms where educators use them to teach a variety of lessons.

No one should forget our reporters, who spend hours at government meetings, then boil down what happened to a fair and accurate summary of events that readers can digest in a few minutes.

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Backing up those reporters are the editors, who make sure that the stories give readers the most important facts and that words are spelled correctly.

Nor can we leave out our videographers, who have added a new dimension to our news coverage by providing visuals to go with our staff's stories.

Earning much of the money to pay the news staff are our advertising salespeople and their supervisors, who make sure there is always a healthy revenue stream.

There are also many employees the public seldom sees. These include the press crew, the pagination department and the computer technicians and our Web personnel. They don't get bylines, but without them, nobody would.

Then there are the members of our circulation staff and the independent contractors who carry the papers right to readers' doorsteps or newspaper tubes.

They're awake long before most people, in all weather, making sure the newspaper arrives in good condition and in a timely fashion.

If we've left out anyone, we apologize. We realize very well that putting out a newspaper would be impossible without a great team effort. For that, we thank all who are involved.

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