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Eggs ... and an overflowing basket

March 24, 2008 - LLee Janssen

Happy Monday, all! Venturing outside over the weekend, I couldn't help but be relieved and excited about the arrival of spring ... the blue skies, the flowers starting to show here and there, the fresh air that didn't absolutely require a heavier outer coat, some time off to enjoy it all.

But back to reality and the desk today, to hear how unhappy many people were over the lack of Easter egg photos from the city's egg hunt on Saturday. The weekend crew got one in, and more will run in tomorrow's paper, even though that's probably still a dollar short and too many days too late.

You know, there are a lot of things worthy of our heartburn and indigestion, such as the 4,000th American soldier to die in the five-year war in Iraq. Or a new study from the Americans for Balanced Energy Choices that shows those making $50,000 a year in Pennsylvania spend one-fourth of their income on energy, while the state's poorest families spend in excess of half their income on energy.

There's probably little a single person can do about any of those issues. But Easter bunny pictures, now that's something that's within reach. I can see where it makes a person feel empowered to call and complain about the inadequacies of those of us who dare to work at a newspaper and let our realities and weaknesses show. It's not as if we deliberately try to keep those cute little photos out of the news. Heck, I'd love it if there was nothing to report and all we had were cute kids and cuddly pets, and the whole world were colored with rose glasses. But that's not the world into which I was born.

I can't really say much else, other than to encourage the Sun-Gazette's readers to check out the photos in Tuesday's paper, admire the precious offspring of our community, and take a moment to smile. Seriously, they are some nice photos worthy of a smile and a positive thought. Then, once that positive thought is planted in your mind, call me. And tell me how happy you are to live in a free society and enjoy a relatively stable and peaceful corner of our world where we can all raise our families and be thankful for all that is good.  And tell me that, yes, you too are thrilled at the sight of a blooming crocus.


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A scene from the city Easter egg hunt.