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Yes Trumbull County, there is a Santa Claus

With editorial license taken upon the 130-year-old letter to the editor from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who said “my friends say there is no Santa Claus” We say…

Trumbull County, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Many lifetimes that built steel and automotive factories, and engineered cities, highways and neighborhoods have been dimmed by a generation who watched jobs and careers leave or evolve. This county is great, but the boundlessness of opportunity we embraced as children has been supplanted by the snarky sarcasm of an 0-16 Browns fan.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in those lifetimes of our fathers and grandfathers who toiled to install the first streetlights in America. Deny that steel under bridges and buildings came from them. Deny those feats of engineering born here. Deny those who have created movies, built empires from which the world drank cool water, created the finest cars, led women’s suffrage, and argued in the highest court in the land … to deny Santa Claus is to deny them all. Do you deny them because you never met them? No one can ever conceive or imagine all the wonders that are seen or unseen whose life began in Trumbull County, but they do exist as surely as Santa Claus.

Yes, Trumbull County, Santa Claus is among us. He is rebuilding our theater and downtown — for the first time in generations there are lights on and music around Courthouse Square in the evening. He is building electrical power plants with and for all of us, making moves and music, and soon…once again building cars and trucks. He is employing thousands of us serving food to millions across America; he is investing here. He is leading schools, unions and businesses. He is building robots in high schools. He is in all of us.

Yes, Trumbull County, Santa Claus exists. The tide has turned on opportunity. Home sales and prices are following the wave that can only be created by seizing that opportunity. Can a new construction boom be far behind? What we enjoy today is the foundation of our tomorrow. As sure as the buggy maker became the automaker, and the coal wagon gave way to natural gas pipeline, the internal combustion lifestyle is being morphed into a new era of EVs and batteries — with Trumbull County taking our rightful place in vehicular metamorphosis. It is as natural an evolution as Santa Claus is real.

No Santa Claus? Thank God he was here, lives here and returns here.

This article was provided by the Warren Area Board of Realtors.

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