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Monday, November 26, 2012

Corn Country Gets Colder

     Variety is the spice of weather here in beautiful downtown Mitchell. Yesterday was jacket weather, but today it was 14 degrees, so even the girls at the Kongo Klub are wearing 7 layers. Tomorrow might be jacket weather again. Now all of us here at the Holabird Advocate don't mind a little cold weather. But how about some snow? In any case, short sleeves are out, unless it's an undershirt, so get hep!    

 Giving Tuesday by Bill Gates

     Over the weekend, the annual holiday gift-shopping season kicked off here in the U.S. with the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally known as Black Friday. Today is called Cyber Monday, as people return to their offices after the long Thanksgiving weekend, and take a bit of time to do some online shopping. But there’s a new “day” in this post-Thanksgiving period I’m excited about: Giving Tuesday. Over 1,000 charities, community organizations and businesses in the U.S. have banded together to promote this Tuesday as a day to give back, and to encourage people to give more, give smarter and celebrate the spirit of giving.
     American philanthropy is the envy of just about every other part of the globe. Last year giving in the U.S. topped $300 billion, and 65 percent of Americans reported that they’d made some charitable contributions during the year.  Those are impressive statistics, but with so much unmet need in the world, it’s clear there is ample room for people to do more.
     Working with Melinda and Warren Buffett on the Giving Pledge over the last couple of years has been a fantastic experience, and has convinced me that we need lots of people starting conversations about the impact and the fun of charitable giving.  That’s a conversation that needs to happen all over the world, not just here in the U.S.
     So I wish the organizers well as they launch the first Giving Tuesday tomorrow. I hope lots of people will use the reminder to do something meaningful, and that it becomes part of the rhythm of this holiday season. If the organizers of Giving Tuesday can get more people thinking about giving and encourage us to be more generous with our time and resources, they’ll have done a very good thing.

Publisher's Notes by Jerry Hinkle

     I hope that all of you Readers enjoyed our guest editorial. You don't need a Bill Gates sized bank account to be generous. The widow in the bible gave two copper coins, because it was all she had to give. The boy who gave his lunch of a few fish and a couple loaves of bread to Jesus fed 5000 people. The key is to give to the right people.
     Am I alone in wishing that Larry Hagman's death could be a dream that we could wake up to, just like when Bobby died. Real life is not like reel life I guess. I understand that TNT only filmed JR in 6 episodes of season 2 of the Dallas reboot. The cynical part of me is wondering how much publicity the network will milk out of it.
     Time Magazine is looking for input on who their Person of the Year is. Well, I've already selected ours, and I can tell you that she is not even on their short list. I had that selection in mind before I relaunched the Holabird Advocate. I'll let you know more about that next month. God be with you and do the best you can!

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