While many are enjoying time off from work and the company of loved ones over Christmas and NewYear's, others stay on the job to make our leisure possible. We raise our glasses to them today:
Cheers — to the road workers who go out in the worst possible conditions to plow the highways north, south, east and west of our sheltered valley so we can travel for the holidays or welcome travelers from afar. Also to the state troopers who make sure those highways are as safe as possible, and to local police and emergency workers on duty in case the worst happens.
Cheers — to employees of McDonald's, Denny's, IHOP and other restaurants who worked on Christmas because their bosses decided to open on the holiday.
Cheers — to the workers who will be there bright and early today, when retailers hope consumers who didn't get enough shopping after Thanksgiving will turn out for even more buying at the after-Christmas sales.
Cheers — while we're at it, to those who may not have had to work on the holiday, but went out of their way to make it a great one for someone else.
Cheers — to the auto shop owners who leaped into action when a Central Point family lost the use of their car on top of a series of setbacks over the past year. Chuck Nagy of Shady Cove Automotive and the owners of TC Technology, Dan King Racing, Keller Automotive and Baxter Auto Parts teamed up to fix the Kia Rio that needed a new head gasket and other major repairs.
Cheers — to St. Mary's School students who raised funds and collected a gift for every student at Jackson Elementary School, one of the most impoverished schools in the state. The project, which started more than three years ago, has expanded to include the entire school.
Cheers — to the Ashland Police Department for its Shop with a Cop program that allowed 17 kids to spend the Saturday before Christmas spending some money on themselves with the help of an officer. The event was started by a sergeant who brought the idea with him from the Las Vegas Metro Police, where he previously worked.
Cheers — to our readers, who allow us to do what we do, bringing news, opinion and entertainment to you all year long. Thanks for reading.