Players end a game with prayer. 
Jonathan Bailey photo
Players end a game with prayer. Jonathan Bailey photo

     Anger-filled politics, out-of-control fires, mass shootings, hurricanes opioid abuse, computer hacking, teen vaping, allegations of election meddling, food pantry shelves needing more, soaring drug prices — what have we to be thankful for this Thursday?

     Plenty.

     Here in Ripon, our cornucopia runneth over with blessings of grace and goodwill.

     Here are but a few from the pages of the Commonwealth over just the past month:

      Local UPS driver Steve Martin takes time from his route to stop by Pleasant Street to talk to Riponites Sandi and Jerry Wenzel’s 5-year-old grandson, Brock Peters, who thinks delivery guys are the coolest.

     Ripon High School Principal Randy Hatlen is so proud of his students that he goes biannual — he decides to hold a new, fall recognition ceremony to honor their achievements and supplement the spring ceremony. ...

     What do football players do on Ingalls Field’s 50-yard-line after Ripon College trounces Lawrence University 52-0. The two teams’ members gather, with hands on their rivals’ shoulders, to share a quiet prayer. ...

     To read the entire editorial, see the Nov. 22, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.