Keeping the Christmas spirit alive

December 16, 2019

We wail, we rail, and sometimes we fail.

But we always try to be accurate, we always try to be fair, and we are unceasingly honored to cover Sussex County and the many communities where our reporters roam week in and week out.

When we see and report the many positive efforts made in our communities to constantly improve infrastructure and quality of life to benefit all of the people – not to mention our beaches, ocean and bays, parks, low taxes, restaurants, shopping, trails and open spaces – we easily understand why so many people are moving here to work and retire.

One man who moved to this area from New York City about three years ago said the people here are the friendliest he’s encountered anywhere, and he knows why. “They’re here because they want to be here.” 

These are all blessings that we don’t take for granted.

Also worth mentioning, especially during this holiday season, is something else we hear frequently from our readers, and that is how kind, helpful and generous the people in our communities are.

Rarely does a week go by that we aren’t publishing stories, photos and advertisements about fundraisers to help victims of tragedies and those less fortunate due to all kinds of reasons.

The area’s churches are active and engaged, as are the many diverse volunteer service organizations constantly working to strengthen the fabric of our communities. Our first responders in the police, fire, and medical services protect and assist us with professionalism and dedication.

Nowhere is all of that on better and more visible display than at the recent Christmas parades that charged the air with holiday spirit. That spirit was contagious via the smiling faces of the hundreds of participants. They invested lots of time, money and energy into colorful and creative floats, decorated vehicles and costumed marchers – including dogs and horses – to delight the thousands who lined the various parade routes.

All of this adds up to a region where the Christmas spirit is alive and well.


  • Editorials are considered by the editorial board and written by Dennis Forney, Publisher Emeritus, with occasional contributions from other board members: Trish Vernon, CoPublisher and Editor; Dave Frederick, Sports Editor Emeritus; Jen Ellingsworth, Associate Editor; Nick Roth, Sports Editor; and Chris Rausch, CoPublisher and General Manager.

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