Dear Editor:

Merry Christmas to you and yours! 

Christmas is that time of reflection where we recall the blessings in our lives.

A time to refocus on what is important and remembering the reason for the season.

The City of Hillsboro wants to let you know you are important to us by writing this Christmas message. Good relationships add so much meaning to life.

This year has been an unforgettable year ... as much as we would like to forget it. It was certainly not the best of times, and it was approaching the worst of times.

Our lives were invaded by the COVID-19 crisis, intrusive government lockdowns, quarantining and social distancing.

The apprehension and fear will linger unresolved as these major events will continue to shape 2021 and beyond.

Under these circumstances it will be difficult to leave 2020 behind. 

Nonetheless, there is much to be thankful for as we count our blessings and live in appreciation and gratitude.

Among the blessings are family, friends, health, retirement, sunsets, freedom and much more.

Our rural neighbors finally had great fall weather for harvesting. The crops for the most part were good and commodity prices have recovered a bit.

The natural gas project will be coming to Hillsboro next year and the good weather into December allowed more miles of pipe to be laid than expected.

Progress also includes new businesses being announced for downtown and tremendous progress on the Riverwalk Addition.

 These positive developments will not completely overcome all the bad that we experienced, but they are indicative of a better 2021 to come.  

Please remember our men and women in uniform, many who are away from home again protecting our country – they are dedicated professionals.

The free world and our freedom depends on them. There are many competitors around the world trying to deny freedom to others even on our soil. Freedom matters.

America is the beacon for freedom, as we fight those who want to dominate the world stage. We cannot lose this battle for freedom.

Here is my Christmas holiday closing: That the City of Hillsboro looks forward to 2021 as a year of working together to make our community even more resilient and welcome new businesses and families to our great little town.

To all, best wishes for a joyous and Merry Christmas and a great New Year filled with health, love, prosperity and happiness! 

And may we all find a little wisdom along the way.

Sincerely,

Terry Sando

Hillsboro City Commission president