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Call or write – tell us how it is

There are some people who regularly call or write me to tell me what they think.

With few exceptions, they are people I appreciate, and not because they agree with me (often, they don’t). It’s because they are real people with a point of view, and by God, they’re going to tell me how it is whether I care to hear it or not.

That kind of honesty is worth a lot.

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election, people talked a lot about the media being out of touch. The popular theory is that media elites living on our coasts didn’t see Trump’s victory coming because they have lost touch with real Americans.

Of course the elites have lost touch. A better question to ask might be whether they ever were in touch with the rest of America. Elites are, by definition, in a class apart from the rest of us.

The people who call me, write me or buttonhole me in public help keep me from losing touch. As some of them occasionally remind me, I’m not so “elite.”

Recently I heard from longtime reader Gayla White. She wanted to share some of her thoughts about the holiday season with me.

I thought they were worth sharing with you. As she told me:  

“Everyone talks about all the stress of the holiday season, how much work it is preparing for celebrations and buying gifts, and it can be stressful. But the reason for it is love.

“If we didn’t love and appreciate our brothers-in-law and our nieces and nephews, our co-workers and crossing guards, then we wouldn’t go through all this.

“We do it, though, because we love each other. That’s also the underlying reason for the season: The gift of Christ, and his love for mankind, to the world.”

I was glad Gayla called to share this with me. It is a simple truth, one I might overlook if someone didn’t stop to point it out to me.

Happy holidays to all of you who call or write to tell us how it is – and those of you content to just spend a few minutes every day reading, too.

• Eric Olson is editor of the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb. A former Cary resident, Olson previously was Northwest Herald’s sports and business editor. Reach him at 815-756-4841, ext. 2257, email eolson@shawmedia.com, or follow him on Twitter @DC_Editor.

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