Regarding Joe Heim’s Nov. 22 Style article, “Time to stick a fork in it”:

It is regrettable that Mr. Heim chose to pick the feathers and bones of the fairly recent, light-hearted tradition of issuing presidential pardons to two Thanksgiving turkeys.

In these stressful times, it was so pleasant to see President Obama enjoying the moment last week with his daughters in a lovely autumn setting. Spare us the Grinch/Scrooge analysis of this fleeting moment of jocularity. What is next to be disparaged: the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, the Hanukkah menorah or the annual Easter egg roll?

On a positive note, President Obama spoke of the more meaningful side of Thanksgiving by encouraging “Americans to look out for one another.” Perhaps in this simple pardoning gesture, there is a deeper meaning of forgiveness, something not easily done but which we all seek and will, on our own judgment day, be truly thankful for.

Patricia F. Ladehoff, Woodstock, Va.