Today, the Star-Telegram Editorial Board is thankful for this newspaper's 106 years telling, picturing and commenting on the news of this great city, state and nation while linking readers and advertisers at the start of another traditionally busy shopping season.Our nation is war-weary and recession-weary, but it has lived through far worse times. The pace of change grows ever faster, but our links as people are the same. Politics divide us, our government leaders sometimes frustrate us, but the goals and purpose of our union are still strong.Our board and our principal writers join readers in thoughts of Thanksgiving:Bob Ray SandersI'm thankful for all the love that surrounds me today, including that from my wife, son and other devoted relatives and true friends.It is my childhood, I suppose, for which I'm most grateful, for it shaped who I am today. I was fortunate to have been born into a large, loving and close-knit family; nurtured by some awesome teachers who truly cared about me (and all of their students) and affectionately embraced and encouraged by a community that saw in me things I did not see in myself. Many of them wanted me to succeed in ways that they couldn't, not because they didn't have the ability but because they were not afforded the opportunity. It was a different, often-difficult time.I appreciate the many guiding hands, the numerous words of encouragement and all the strong shoulders on which I continue to stand, for I know that whatever success I've attained, much of the credit goes to those people who touched my life during those impressionable early years.Linda P. CampbellMost of life's blessings fall into the categories of family, friends, faith and freedom.I'm forever thankful for my husband, children, parents and other family members, who lift me up daily; friends who sustain us through good times and bad; religious faith that offers a guide for being a better person; and the freedom that comes with living in a country that is dedicated to opportunity for all, even if it doesn't always meet that goal.This is the first Thanksgiving without my dear sister Susan, who died in May of lung cancer, much too young. She had remarkable strength of character and faith and gave an indelible example for living. But her greatest legacy, I believe, is an extraordinary devotion to family and friends. She reinforced for me the importance of loyalty and connection, of taking time to show others how much you care, no matter how busy life gets, no matter how far apart you are, no matter what your differences might be.Her husband has become my dear friend, and the many people who loved her provided an extended family at a terribly difficult time.Counting my blessings reminds me of the challenge to keep trying to earn the bounty I've received.Mike NormanHome is where the heart is, they say. My heart is in my home, and for that I am thankful.My home is in Euless, where my family is, my wife and my son, and where we all return, no matter where we stray. It is home because it is a warm house, but more because it's where we gather and share our joy, lift each other up and share love.My home is in Tarrant County, in Dallas-Fort Worth, in Texas. I hold these places dear. I have grown with them and been shaped by them, to know them and be challenged by them. I have the freedom to roam and the security to return.My home is also at the Star-Telegram, in the journalism career I envisioned when I was in college many years ago. I'm thankful for people whose passion for the world around them drives them to consume information about it and comment on its twists and turns, in print and online.