Dr. Robert Cluck
December 5, 2008
The Spirit Of The Holiday Season
As we begin to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season, we
recognize there are many things to be thankful for. Yet, with just a
quick look at today’s headlines, we read and hear about how the
country is suffering from one economic crisis after another. We have
met many of these challenges before. Slow growth, recession and
world conflict. How do we take a break and celebrate giving, when so
many can’t? One thing is for sure - next year “we have something to
do” as Franklin Roosevelt once remarked.
As much as we have all hoped that Texas in general and Arlington in
particular would be able to escape the impact of the larger economic
problems, it seems that will not be the case. The top priorities for
City Council this year were familiar ones; public safety and
neighborhood resilience. Although Arlington is “thinking big,” we
know what matters most to our residents is the quality of life they
The City Council and I partner with several caring and charitable
organizations that labor long every day to help those in need. We
oversee a hard working and dedicated workforce who strive to make
Arlington better every day. And the City has many outstanding retail
and commercial businesses and opportunities.
As we celebrate the holidays and the beginning of the new year, we
need to be mindful of everyone who is out of work or facing
difficulties at home. This is the season to be joyful and to gather
with family and friends. It refreshes us and prepares us for new
beginnings and in 2009 – for greater challenges.
The City Council and I would like to wish you and the Arlington
community a joyful and peaceful holiday season. May your home be
filled with laughter and warmth.
Robert N. Cluck, M.D.
Mayor of Arlington