Commentary: We have a lot to be grateful for…

As we prepare to gather with family and friends on the Thanksgiving holiday, we should take a moment or two to truly appreciate just how fortunate we are to be living in America… and the city of Everett.

We live in the most democratic and free country in the world. We have the best universities and medical care facilities and enjoy the highest standard of living. Individuals in America have unlimited opportunities to personally succeed and prosper.

Those of us in Everett have the added good fortune to live in a tight-knit community, where we have …

  • An outstanding leader, Mayor Carlo DeMaria, and the members of the city council, who have provided the vision and the political courage to lift the city of Everett from a period of stagnation and guide it back on the road to progress and prosperity
  • An exceptional school system, led by the best superintendent in the state, Frederick F. Foresteire, and his administrative team and a teaching corps and support staff that is absolutely second to none
  • The most acclaimed high school football program in the state, coached by the incomparable John DiBiaso, which has won 19 consecutive Greater Boston League titles, has been in the state playoffs in 15 of the last 16 years, and has captured nine Super Bowl championships in 13 appearances. Currently ranked No. 2 in the state, our EHS Crimson Tide begins its quest for a Super Bowl “repeat” next Tuesday night when it locks horns with Masconomet High in a Division 1-A semifinal game
  • Everett Pride”—there’s nothing like it! It’s something that you really can’t put into words. You have to experience it. Other communities talk about their communal “pride,” but it doesn’t hold a candle to “Everett Pride.” It makes living here, in strong neighborhoods and among good friends, so different—and so much better—than almost anywhere else

And so, as you get ready to observe this Thanksgiving, do so with the realization—and the appreciation—that you are truly fortunate to live in the best little city around …. a city that has a proud past and a promising future!

Happy Thanksgiving to all—Go, Tide!!!