As Bing Crosby sang in "Holiday Inn" (my all-time favorite Christmas film), "My needs are small, I buy them all at the five and ten cent store. Oh, I've got plenty to be thankful for." Every year, for nearly 30 years, I've been thankful that I have the privilege to write and draw editorial cartoons for The News-Herald, in Downriver metro Detroit, where I spent the first 12 years of my life and built the foundational relationships that have lasted a lifetime. Additionally, every year I pen a cartoon on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving that highlights some of the topics that I'm thankful made news - and inspired cartoons - throughout the year. Here's the 2015 edition, I hope it stirs some happy memories! That's the Point!
If Detroiters were making a collective holiday wish list, what might be on it? Cheap gas, a brisk real estate market, a strong year for the Detroit 3 automakers - those are all items that would probably be on anyone's list. You're welcome, Detroit - Santa's work is done here, and it isn't even Thanksgiving! That's the Point!
For all the veterans among all our friends and families, thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Every generation has heroes who keep the rest of their generation safe and free; and every generation owes them a debt.
I hold in my heart my uncle, Technical Corporal Vitaut J. Voselius, an immigrant from Lithuania who dreamed of U.S. citizenship. His wish was granted, immediately after he was drafted and sworn into the U.S. Army in December 1941. After fighting through North Africa and Italy, he returned home - "it is really home now," as he would remind us. He saw his citizenship as an honor, and he always believed it an equal honor that he was called upon to defend his new home. That's the Point!