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Taking a break from the usual

The sometimes unfortunate reality of reading a newspaper editorial is the topics often focus on areas of an unpleasant nature.

Musings on political corruption and incompetence, the lack of morals in society or an uncertain economy usually receive press ahead of the ‘feel-good stories’ that are also happening in our communities.

This past month has not been particularly full of good news for Oshawa.

The announced closure of the General Motors assembly plant has no doubt put a black mark on this holiday season.

But it is always important to remember the advantages and luxuries that many of us are afforded.
Yes, there is a plethora of things to be negative about today, but there is also a lot of positive aspects to reflect on.

Many of us are in good health, have all the necessities we need, and are able to enjoy the type of lives we want.

In a world where we are bombarded constantly with stories about political scandals, the impending doom of climate change and war, we should take time to look at the other side.

A group of Oshawa students were recently busy making care packages for less fortunate individuals in the community.

It’s touching to see the younger generation taking on such a selfless act, especially at a time when they could be more concerned about what gifts they’ll be receiving this year.

Over in Ajax, the long-time tradition of a holiday luncheon at a local school was in jeopardy due to new food-handling regulations.

A local catering business stepped in to make sure this event, which brings students and their families together, continued on.

Right now, people are pitted against each other on ridiculous topics such as the banning of ‘Christmas’ songs written in the 1940s, so it’s great to see the other side of humanity – the side filled with compassion, kindness and empathy.

If only for a small amount of time, it will be great to escape from the headlines, the hashtags and the comment sections.

To all our readers and everyone else across Oshawa, Durham Region, the province and country, have a safe and happy holiday season.