DP Buzz: Giving thanks – Daily Press


Editor’s note: DP Buzz is an interactive feature of the Daily Press Opinion Page. We email weekly questions on issues and topics affecting Peninsula-area citizens. Each week, subscribers can choose to weigh in with a short answer. Here is a sampling; all responses are posted at dailypress.com/opinion. To receive DP Buzz questions, email [email protected] with the subject “DP Buzz.”

This week’s question: With Thanksgiving approaching, what are you thankful for these days?

For the gift of life, I’m especially grateful to a lung donor and his family, to great doctors at Duke University Hospital, to Carol the best caregiver, to supportive family and friends worldwide and to God. Nine years with a lung transplant, after prognosis of one year to live.

Joe Mann

James City County

I am thankful for many many things. Family, health, good friends. The list of blessings is very long.

Annie McGrath


I am always thankful for my family, especially Alex, and also for friends and colleagues. I am particularly thankful that the elections are over and I don’t have to watch or listen to those political ads; every time they get worse and more negative.

Joyce Southern

Newport News

My wife and best friend Trudy, and over 54 years of Thanksgiving “turkey” family dinners!

Ross Kearney


I am thankful for family, friends, good health, keen mind, and quiet spiritual gifts that I try to share with others everyday.

Jo-Ann Mahony


I am especially thankful for family. Over my many years in the Air Force, the deployments, extended separations, and moves my family has always been supportive of both my service and myself. It is family that makes everything worth while.

Talbot N. Vivian


I am thankful for my village who loves me through the good and bad times!

Kaera Mims,


Country, wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, friends near and far, fellow veterans, pets and the good life God has enabled us to have in “our” one and only USA!

Herb De Groft


I am thankful for family, friends, and colleagues, for my good health, and for living in a relatively free country.

John Robins


I’m thankful to be alive at my time in life. So many of my friends aren’t around anymore. Maybe I did something right.

Robert Neely

Newport News

I am thankful for my fellow Virginians who participated in the recent elections, and for our public servants who showed the rest of the nation how to run a fair process that earns the confidence of the electorate.

Benjamin Cuker


I’m very thankful for my health and also the health of my wife and daughter. So many others are not as fortunate.

Buddy Rilee


My health and the health of my family.

Frank Govern

Newport Beach, Calif..

I am thankful that Hillary Clinton is only president of the popular vote, and that Donald Trump is President of the United States. Only the latter matters.

Don Lovett


Thankful that all our allies are onto Cadet Donny Boy Bone Spurs.

Toni Beacham



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