This Week in OtherWords: An Early Thanksgiving
In addition to being thankful that the neighbor's towering tree didn't crush my house, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your continued support.
It's a relief to keep the OtherWords editorial service running on schedule when so little is going as planned. At my house, we just had an unexpected four-day weekend and a downed fence. And our little ladybug and cop trotted back to school in time to celebrate Halloween.
While I'm concerned about the damage from this extreme weather, I'm also thankful that my loved ones are safe and sound. I hope that the same holds true for you, your friends, and relatives.
If Thanksgiving is when we contemplate everything we take for granted, "Frankenstorm" Sandy made that holiday arrive early this year. In addition to being thankful that the neighbor's towering tree didn't crush my house, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your continued support.
Aside from surviving the storm, there are many things for which I'm thankful, such as the support of editors who make it possible for OtherWords commentaries and cartoons to appear in 310 newspapers that reach more than 6.5 million readers. We run on dozens of websites too.
I also want to thank everyone who reads our work online and in other publications and to the manyorganizations and individuals who write (or draw) for OtherWords. And thanks to anyone who has made a donation to support this important work. With the dizzying number of media alternatives out there, we need your help more than ever to keep our progressive and newsroom-ready perspectives on everything from nuclear dangers to health care challenges in the conversation.
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This week in OtherWords, we're emphasizing military and foreign policy priorities. Miriam Pemberton explains how rebalancing our national security spending would make our embassies safer. Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard outlines the next administration's top foreign policy challenges. Khalil Bendib's cartoon can accompany either of those commentaries, as well as William A. Collins' column summing up his take on Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.