AMONG THE RIPON Ripon-area emergency personnel helping local children wrap gifts are, from left, EMT Ann Egbert, fire fighters Jeff Thomas and Jon Roy (seated), police officer Jesse Tipton, fire fighters Cody Boers and Paul Tverdy, and EMT Ann Mlodzik.
AMONG THE RIPON Ripon-area emergency personnel helping local children wrap gifts are, from left, EMT Ann Egbert, fire fighters Jeff Thomas and Jon Roy (seated), police officer Jesse Tipton, fire fighters Cody Boers and Paul Tverdy, and EMT Ann Mlodzik.

     ... There’s a certain dignity — nobility even — in humility.

     And so that’s our Christmas wish to you.

     At a time when so many want to make America rich again, strong again, great again, it’s more important than ever that we pause to appreciate the quiet goodness, decency and humility of its citizens.

     In spirit and character, so many Americans are rich, strong and great.

     In Ripon, we see this all the time. ...

     * Ripon College senior and the nation’s leading scorer in men’s college basketball Ty Sabin keeps trying to deflect the media from himself to his team ...

     * Ripon’s Sew Happy Quilters quietly stitch quilts for area veterans ...

     * For the second year in a row, Ripon’s Shop with Emergency Personnel program (formerly “Shop with a Cop”) didn’t solicit donations because local folks have given so generously in the past that the program’s costs have been covered by reserve funds ...

     When we hear claims to “Make America great again,” we look at our friends and neighbors as reminders that, to quote Katherine Lee Bates, “God shed his grace on thee.”

     As we celebrate the birth of a boy in a stable, we learn anew that greatness comes from grace, and that the babe in the manger grew up to show the world how humility is a greater force for good than hubris.   

— Tim Lyke

To read the entire editorial, see the Dec. 22, 2016 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.