I always enjoy Robert Kirby’s column, including his Sept. 5 one, “As the year winds down, it’s best to just grin and ‘ber’ it.” I loved how he used the play on words, noting that we are in the homestretch of 2018 with only September, October, November and December remaining — all ending in “-ber.” I particularly like December since I am a December baby, and October isn’t all that bad with the race toward the World Series. I do agree with Mr. Kirby that we are all likely to cringe at the November political elections.

However, I’d like to focus on the “bers” that didn't make his list. We are approaching autumn and the color and beauties of the leaves of all the timberland that Utah possesses. A new Supreme Court justice will hopefully be confirmed and take his place in the chamber.

As Americans, we need to extend the hand of friendship to every person we meet and not be encumbered by bickering polarization. Let’s all finish out the year on a positive note so 2018 is a good year to remember.

James A. Marples, Provo