Thanksgiving is a time for football and turkey, but it's also a good time to reflect on the positive things in our lives.

We're thankful that the bridge on West Main Street has reopened. It made daily commutes difficult for Normanites who live west of where the bridge washed away and prompted some safety concerns about children traveling to school in the neighborhoods north of Main Street. We're glad construction is complete.

We're thankful OU is winning football games. Everyone is just in a better mood when the Sooners are scoring touchdowns. And with a College Football Playoff berth still a possibility, there's going to be a lot to cheer for over the next month or so.

We're grateful the Nov. 6 election is over. It was an important election that will impact our state for years to come, but we're thankful the mailers, commercials and yard signs are over, at least for now.

Speaking of the election, we're thankful to live in a county that has an independent-thinking electorate. From local to state to federal elections, Cleveland County voters are thoughtful, passionate and often engaged, which is important at every level of government. There are some significant disagreements about how to move forward as a city, and we hope future discussions are well-informed, civil and transparent.

Most of all, we're thankful to live in a city that is such a tight-knit community with people who care about each other and the city they live in. Residents often say Norman is the best combination of a small town and large city, and we agree. From public art to local festivals to new quality-of-life projects, there's plenty to do and see in Norman, but it's the people that make our city truly unique.

We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving and are able to spend it with people you love.

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