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Let's make the best of a brand new year

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By The Staff

In about a hundred hours the calendar will flip to a new year - 2008. Almost hard to believe, isn't it?

But as we move ahead, we know that promises can be a dime a dozen. The ones we make that are worth carrying through are as scarce as a hen's teeth. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

We may have a few personal things that we're going to resolve in 2008 - trim a few pounds, stop smoking, get right with God, rekindle a friendship, or be a better mom or dad.

As a community, our resolutions may not be so personal, even though we could certainly work as one on a lot of personal goals.

As someone once said: "It takes a village to raise a child."

The impact of individuals can be significant. We've seen what a few people working by themselves can do to help others. But we've also seen what groups of people can do to make all our lives better.

We can certainly work as a community to put our best face forward. The impression each one of us makes could be the one positive impression someone leaves with and then ultimately returns, bringing with them a new industry, program or project.

We know what we want: low taxes and high-end services. Those two wishes aren't always mutually cohesive.

You get what you pay for. We're going to have to decide what it is that we want and then determine it we can afford it.

A few of the areas of concentration should be:

- The best schools.

- A good parks system and services.

- Collective ambassadorship.

- High-speed Internet access for all.

- Pure water for everyone.

- Better roads.

- Governmental cooperation.

- The best health care.