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December 31, 2012
About those New Year's resolutions. ...
Most of us talk about making them and I know people who even take the time and effort to write long lists, including noting things like working to promote world peace and freedom, along with remembering to take those empty bottles and cans to the grocery store before they completely take over the garage.
It's admirable to have high and lofty thoughts, and I salute those who manage to achieve them. Most of us fall somewhere between dreaming and actually accomplishing any and all of the things on our list. Many of us set goals that are almost impossible to achieve and are easily discouraged when the inevitable setbacks occur. We can't always do everything right the first or sometimes even the second or third time, so we give up.
In MI Town, we have the opportunity to make our goals a reality. Did you make a resolution to take time to read more good books this year? Our warm and welcoming libraries in Monmouth and Independence have books and tapes on everything you could possibly imagine, with convenient hours and cozy corners available to all.
How about joining a health club and learning fun ways to get fit again? There are weight management groups around our community where good ideas abound and friendly faces welcome everyone. On these cold and wintry days, it's good to bundle up and venture out for walks around MI Town. And after a mile or two, I can always justify a visit to one of our local merchants for a cup of hot coffee or cocoa and perhaps something special to eat. The extra bonus is an opportunity to meet new friends and acquaintances.
Did you resolve to do something good for your community? Our schools are always looking for people who can share their time and energy. If you aren't sure you have any skills that might help others, think again. You might be surprised to discover all the good ideas you can share with your friends and neighbors in MI Town -- and all the good things we can share with one another.
The dreadful murders of innocent people and the mindless slaughter of children and those who gave their lives to try to save them have given all of us reason to pause and consider why guns and ammunition designed for police officers and the military should be so available to anyone who has the cash to buy them. Responsible hunters and gun owners should not fear any kind of gun laws to keep assault weapons off the market, but to show they respect liberty by saving lives.