The national day of thanks is upon us once again and finds that the Morongo Basin, though it faces its share of problems, also has much for which it can be thankful.

We would like to suggest a few blessings for our readers to acknowledge while they enjoy their Thanksgiving meals.

We are blessed to know that across the Basin there are people who work hard to make certain that no one is left out of the Thanksgiving feast. 

From the Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club providing turkeys and other food to needy families, to John’s Place in Yucca Valley giving out free meals; there is no need for anyone to go hungry today.

We are grateful for the economic progress which is being seen across the Basin, from Twentynine Palms to Morongo Valley, in part because of the millions of people f locking to the area for Joshua Tree National Park and recently created national monuments like the Sand to Snow Monument.

We are thankful for the men and women who serve in the county fire department and work hard every day to keep us safe. 

We are also thankful for the men and women who serve their community as sheriff’s deputies, highway patrol officers and national park rangers, along with the volunteers who help them do their work every day.

We are grateful to live in a nation where good people from the left and right can argue quite vociferously about any number of topics online and still remain friends in real life.

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With the amount of welfare , public aid , snap and all the other govement handouts California gives away no one should go hungry any day of the week here. If they are , I would be suprised. Most of those on welfare here look pretty healthy.


Not sure if your message is compassionate or cynical. Wide generalizations about those who are financially insecure can be very hurtful especially if they are doing the best they can do. I am blessed with financial stability and avoid being resentful of those who receive whether deserving or not.

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