I'm thankful at returning home safe and sound from a family holiday in suburban Maryland. A frightening and potentially dangerous car problem on the way back was quickly resolved by resourceful and cheerful mechanics at the Firestone Auto Center in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday morning. Their service reflected the old-fashioned virtues many believe America has lost.
We encountered such enthusiastic and efficient workers throughout our trip, from servers in restaurants to hotel staff. Folks on duty during the holiday weekend carried out their tasks with ready smiles. The workers' positive spirit belied the gloomy, fear-based presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and other GOP candidates.
On the way up, we passed Harpers Ferry and the breathtaking confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers on another of the warm and sunny days we enjoyed throughout the trip. Our nation's tragic, momentous history and natural beauty amazed me as we sped along the highway with other holiday wayfarers. Despite the country's deep conflicts, our journey revealed a still shining republic.