EDITORIAL: It's a new year; what are your resolutions?
Jan 01, 2013 (St. Cloud Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
If ever there is an annual day to make promises, pledges and resolutions, it is today. With that in mind, here are a handful of offerings as Central Minnesota starts a new year.
-- Resolve to donate your time, talents or treasure a little bit more than you did in 2012. There are countless good causes and organizations in need of your help. Many exist here in Central Minnesota. Whether local in scope or global in reach, find a few about which you are passionate, and ask them how you can help. It's a good bet your time, talent or treasure will make help them make a difference.
-- If you are an elected official, make only one resolution this year: Don't sign (or make) any special interest promises, pledges or resolutions that limit your ability to govern and compromise.
-- If you are a voter, make a pledge to follow your elected officials closely. Whether it's on a township board, city council, school board or in Congress, the people you elect are there to serve you -- not special interests, not a political party's leaders and certainly not themselves. Use the wonders of today's instant communications and news cycles to keep tabs on their action (or inactions). And when you see something you don't like, let them know about it.
-- No matter who you are, resolve to be civil as you discuss and debate the issues of the day. Freedom of speech is wonderful thing, but name-calling and insults are not. More importantly, those tactics may make headlines, but they won't solve any of today's serious problems.
-- If you drive, vow to take the time needed to be safe -- for your sake and the safety of others. That means focusing on driving only instead of trying to multitask behind the wheel. In a construction zone. At rush hour. During a blizzard. Seriously. It means letting other drivers merge. It means stopping for (not accelerating through) yellow traffic lights. It means not cutting off another driver because you believe they wronged you. And especially this time of year, it means giving plenty of space to snowplows, sand trucks and fellow drivers when conditions are less than ideal. Is it worth risking your life and the lives of others just to make a point or arrive at your destination a few minutes (at most) earlier
-- Fill in the blank. With these five basic resolutions in mind, what else do you want to see Central Minnesotans accomplish in 2013 In 300 words or less, share them via the Times Opinion Pages this month. Just send them along with your name, city of residence and a daytime phone number to letters@ stcloudtimes.com or Letters to the Editor, St. Cloud Times, P.O. Box 768, St. Cloud, MN 56302-0768.
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