THANK YOU On this Thanksgiving, we have a great deal for which to be thankful. We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The beaches, bays, rivers and lakes are resources to treasure and enjoy. As the late Mayor Vince Whibbs often said, we get to live the way millions wish they could.
Few places with populations our size have the rich history and cultural opportunities that we have. A walk downtown is steeped in America’s past. American Indians, Spanish, French and British lived and fought for this territory. General Andrew Jackson lived on Palafox Street.
We have an opera company, symphony and a community theatre. The Pensacola Children’s Chorus has become our ambassadors to the world and has seen its alumni, like Abby Spencer, Ashley Brown and Katy Mixon, go on to success on Broadway and in television and movies.
Businesses based in the Pensacola area have garnered national attention. Studer Group, Avalex and Apprivers are seen as world leaders in their fields. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition and the Andrews Institute have built solid reputations in science, technology and health care.
In sports, we have provided college athletics, U. S. Olympics, Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association and the PGA Tour with some of its finest athletes and coaches. From Roy Jones, Jr. to Don Sutton to Trent Richardson to Bubba Watson to Justin Gatlin to Michelle Snow, our area is well represented in nearly every sport.
We have three top-notch institutions of higher learning—University of West Florida, Pensacola State College and Pensacola Christian College. The International Baccalaureate program at Pensacola High School is placing its graduates in the finest colleges in the country. From top to bottom, Santa Rosa County has one of the best public school systems in the state, maybe even the Southeast.
However, our most overlooked asset for which we should give thanks is our people. The nuts, naysayers and our screwy, self-indulgent politicians get all the attention, but they do not represent the core spirit of this community. Our people are caring, hospitable and enthusiastic about our future.
It’s these people that we at the Independent News serve. Pleasing politicians and the “good ol’ boys” has never been our objective. We seek to prick the pretentious and to hold accountable those who may consider themselves untouchable. It’s a sacred a trust that we have with you.
So on this national holiday, we give thanks for your support.