Editorials, Opinion

What The DP staff are thankful for

Dave Raese, publisher: I am thankful that we are still putting out a community newspaper; I am thankful that I am a member of The Rotary Club of Morgantown; I am thankful for my family for not driving me into an early grave; I am thankful for all of you who under difficult circumstances do a great job each and every day putting out The Dominion Post; I am thankful for some great people who I have had the privilege of calling my friends; and I am thankful for living in a beautiful state.

Pam Queen, editor: After a couple of not-so-good years, I am thankful for my immediate family and my extended family who have shown me the importance of staying together and supporting one another.

Katie McDowell, managing editor: I’m grateful for the unconditional love of my family, the look on my dogs’ faces when they run, good bread, vegan butter, cult documentaries, HBO Max shows and a renewed sense of adventure. I’m grateful for quiet trails and the sound my feet make when they hit packed earth. I’m grateful for warm socks, quality gloves that fit my tiny hands and any time I can find pants that don’t need to be hemmed.

Jessica Nelson, opinion editor: I am thankful for the wonders of modern medicine and for the amazing people in my life who support me, especially my parents, who have been with me through every step of my recovery from surgery (and my cats for supervising). I’m also thankful for all The Dominion Post employees who make working at the newspaper a joy.

Jessica Roberts Bellino, advertising director: I’m thankful for the gift of marriage and getting to celebrate the holidays with my husband, family and friends.

Brad Pennington, circulation/marketing manager: I’m thankful that my son, who just turned 18 and will be starting college next year, is a kind, smart and gentle young man. For all the successes and failures in my life, I am most proud of my son and what the future holds for him.

Ben Conley, reporter: I’m thankful for family and friends. I’m thankful we’ve managed to fend off total societal collapse for another year. I’m thankful I’m not from the state of Michigan, which smells. O-H!

Jim Bissett, reporter: In my living room, I’m grateful for my two kids and that they’ve grown into solid adults who just always manage to do the right thing. In the community, I’m grateful to all the people who give me the honor and privilege of writing about them. (There’s always an amazing story out there, believe me). On my back deck, with my barely tuned guitar in my lap, I’m grateful for the Piedmont picking of the gentle Mississippi John Hurt — even if I still can’t get my thumb to work right on “Spike Driver Blues” after almost 50 years.

Erin Cleavenger, reporter: I am grateful to have friends and family to love and that love me. I am grateful for the smile on my dog’s face when he looks at me. I am grateful for mountains to play on and lakes, rivers and streams to play in.

Chad Dawson, circulation district manager: I am very grateful for my family, friends and my coworkers.

Barry Price, circulation support manager: I am thankful for my new twin boys, Zeke and Zaine, and my beautiful wife.

Jimmy Taylor, circulation single copy: I am happy for being cancer-free this year and for having one of the best roommates one could ask for.

Amanda Diehl, circulation customer service representative: I am thankful for my husband and all of my children.

Greg Romine, graphic designer: I’m thankful for my parents and friends, good health, being employed and for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Lori Fowler, graphic designer: I am thankful for my friends and family who have been very supportive through the years. I don’t know what I’d do without them!

Debbie Harrison, advertising account executive: I am so thankful for all the love, thoughtfulness and kindness from my family and friends. I’m very lucky and grateful to have all of you in my life.

Sierra Sines, classifieds customer service representative: I am thankful for the support of my friends, family and coworkers on my journey to a happier, healthier and better life!

Jesalyn Kamaka, classifieds/advertising customer service representative: I am thankful for my husband being the amazing human that he is, as well as my family and furbabies!

And from all The Dominion Post staff: We are thankful for you, our readers. Happy Thanksgiving!