Fears, worries cloud holiday cheer for many


November 28, 1991

On the eve of this Thanksgiving Day, in Baltimore, in Maryland and elsewhere around the nation, The Sun asked people in power and people who have none, people of achievement and people of bare means, in sports, government, the arts and

commerce, in the front office and on the factory floor and on the street, what they had to be thankful for this holiday. And what they felt others might be thankful for. Their comments follow.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer: "People who have plenty should thankful they can help the poor -- and they should. I wish people would stop being so pessimistic and stop being antagonistic toward others. We need more compassion. That's what made our country great. Am I my brother's keeper -- or are we all suffering from compassion burnout? If you and I can help someone else, even in a small way, we should -- all year, and not just at Thanksgiving."

Harrison "Jack" Lewis, 60, one of the city's homeless who spends his days in the Henrietta Szold Park on East Baltimore Street. He was thankful for one thing.

"Being alive, 'cause otherwise my soul would be in hell . . . I made it out here for 11 years. I'll make it 'cause I'm not going to lay down and die, not for no one. I don't like to say I'm Methodist or Catholic or whatever. But there is something up there called a higher power, and if not for that, I would be a dead individual."

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