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January 1, 2013 > New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

No matter when or how New Year is celebrated, the symbolism of beginning a new cycle appears to be universal. It is time to reflect on the old year Ð successes and shortcomings - and begin the next with a clean slate; pledging to reform and correct faults. The Irish always seem to have a worthy quote for every occasion. For the New Year, I prefer:

ÒMay the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.Ó

Although the same New Year ritual will be repeated at the end of 2013, hopefully it will include only a few similar or identical misgivings from 2012. Yearend does, however, provide a moment to focus on challenges that lie ahead and how obstacles of prior years were met and some overcome. It also gives time to ponder the achievements Ð and failures - of our country and the slice of it represented by Tri-City Voice. A cover story of this issue exposes dark days of our past in which immigrants from Asia were mistreated even as they helped to build the country. It is, unfortunately, not an isolated example of the struggle for human rights at home and abroad. We can do better; the relative harmony of our area, populated by young and old, rich and poor from every corner of the Earth, is a good start.

The strength and resolve of all people to work toward a better environment, peaceful and friendly is demonstrated in the Greater Tri-City area daily. As we enter the thirteenth year of the Third Millenium CE, the yearÕs number itself has an uncertain reputation. Thirteen carries an interesting connotation for many - to embrace or avoid it. Some hotels avoid numbering a floor as the 13th and recently, the world survived speculation surrounding the Mayan calendar's 13th Baktun. This fear of the number 13 even has a nameÉ triskaidekaphobia. However, many concentrate of the positive aspects and relationships of the number 13. Our country was founded by 13 original colonies and that experiment has been an unequaled success. So maybe the thirteenth year of this millennium is not only welcome but heralds a prosperous and fortuitous period.

In keeping with the prospect of a productive New Year at council/commission meetings, my hope is that we all make resolutions that include:

?Politicians who prepare for meetings with brief, succinct remarks that lead to well-constructed opinions and votes
?Active citizens who participate at council/commission meetings with brief, well-prepared statements, comments and solutions
?Attentive council/commission members who share logical opinions that demonstrate flexible resolve when confronted by difficult agenda items
?Use of recusal when necessary but not as a political shield from criticism
?Participation in regional responses to regional challenges
?Consideration of all affected local agencies and districts when addressing growth issues

And as we all celebrate the New Year in our own way and time, I wish a Happy New Year to everyoneÉ with another nod to the Irish:

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The insight to know where you are,
and the foresight to known when you've gone too far.

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