Thanks for a miracle in Congress

This year I'm thankful for two things in particular. I'll be remembering them on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. We won't be publishing that day but will reappear in your inbox next Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.

My first giving of thanks acknowledges that Republicans and Democrats have finally agreed on something of substance. Bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would boost penalties for drug counterfeiters [see related story]. There's still plenty of opportunity for disagreement, dissension and rancor as the details get worked out, but it's a heartening good start. Pass Congress the gravy!

Second, thanks to you, readers. You've cheered me on and booed me when we disagreed. Thanks for making me think and providing the impetus for improvement. To me, there is nothing better than hearing from vested readers. A Thanksgiving toast to you! - George Miller