The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 24, 2012

Priorities straight

Daily Item

---- — Thanksgiving Day's front page story comparing those who slept outdoors was very interesting in the value people put on life. On one hand, the youth group that camps out yearly raised money for the homeless and disadvantaged. This group gets a great turnout of young people every year and many are repeat campers looking to help those in need.

We should give thanks that these young people are part of our community. On the other hand, in order to get low prices on this year's must-have electronic gadgets, people camped out at Best Buy. That is certainly a choice they are entitled to make but in comparison to the youth group, it seems very shallow.

Instead of raising money for those in need they've decided their savings on nonessential items is worth skipping Thanksgiving dinner with their families. Really? You'd rather be first in line to buy a camera or TV than share time with your loved ones?

While I was thankful the youth group is part of the community, I was equally thankful the shoppers were not part of my family. Time with my wife, son and grandson was worth much more than anything they will purchase.

Harry Prentiss,