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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2007 12:00 am

THIS COLUMN WAS WRITTEN days before Poor William and Miss Kitty sat down with friends for Thanksgiving dinner. Regardless, PW would like to make some predictions about that meal.

It was delicious. Having both turkey and ham was a real treat and the leftovers will last for days.

PW’s favorite item on the menu was the green beans fried in onion ring mix. It was a tie, though, with the sugar-free pumpkin cake. (On special occasions, MK always fixes something diabetic PW can have for desert.)

PW, MK, David and Jeanie all ate too much. This solidified their position among a majority of Americans. It also should be noted that PW believes a majority of Americans took time to give thanks for their food, family, friends and fellowship.

PW is especially thankful that these prayers still can be said in homes across America, even though the freedom of ALL speech that is supposed to be the law of the land is denied now in too many places. For instance, if schools had not been out on Thanksgiving, public prayers in cafeterias would not have been allowed.

If government offices had been open on Thanksgiving, prayers for hungry people in this “land of the free” would not have been allowed. This is strange to PW because government over-regulation causes more people to be homeless and hungry - or to be fed by welfare — than anything else.

PW is thankful that hundreds of thousands of these people will have been fed by private charities and churches on Thanksgiving. PW is so glad there still are people who care enough for their fellow human beings to make sure that they also have a day to be thankful for a good meal.

Knowing that this is the only way so many people wound up with a little food last Thursday makes PW ashamed he ate so much. Perhaps there should be a nationwide celebration the day after Thanksgiving called “Leftovers Day.”

The way it would work is simple. Everyone would take his or her leftovers (much of what will be thrown away) to a central place to be distributed to those who are hungry; that way perhaps they could get a second (or third or fourth) decent meal in a row.

But, government wouldn’t allow it. Distributing leftovers would be dangerous, the bureaucrats would pontificate … after all, it would be impossible to put a “warning label” on leftover turkey.

If it were possible, perhaps the label would read: “Eating turkey or other food cooked by a charitable American who had more than he or she could eat on Thanksgiving could be dangerous to your health.”

To a bureaucrat, it’s probably safer for a person to go hungry than to eat secondhand food prepared by loving hands. Instead, it’s better just to raise taxes and put even more people in the position of needing welfare in order to have a home or meal.

Maybe if Ben Franklin had been successful in his attempt to honor the turkey as national bird of the United States, things would be different. Instead, the nation wound up with a bunch of big turkeys sitting behind bureaucratic desks in Washington, D.C.

PW hopes they’re all still suffering from Thanksgiving Day indigestion … and that Poor William, Miss Kitty, their friends and family, plus all the readers of this column aren’t.

HERE’S SOME “TRUISMS to Ponder” from the e-mail bag to lighten up things a bit:

>> Money will buy a fine dog, but it is kindness that makes it wag its tail.

>> A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.

>> How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

>> Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

>> Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

>> There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

>> There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. It could be a right number.

>> No one ever says “It’s only a game” when his team is winning.

>> There comes an age when the “happy hour” is a nap.

>> Do you realize that in about 40 years, there will be thousands of old men and ladies running around with tattoos that have turned ugly?

>> After a certain age, if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you’re probably dead.

HAVE A SUPER SUNDAY and a wonderful week!

Odessa, TX

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