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New Year's Resolutions

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We asked local public officials and residents what they hope for in the coming year.

By James Roberts

From spending more time with family to solving their constituent's problems, local officials are sharing their New Year's resolutions as 2008 comes to a close and a new year begins.

The origins of the tradition of making New Year's resolutions vary, according to the Kansas City Public Library.

The Babylonians began celebrating the New Year 4,000 years ago. For the Babylonians, the New Year began on March 23, and they marked the occasion by making resolutions. The most common resolution was to return something borrowed.

The Romans celebrated the New Year on Jan. 1, a month named after the mythical figure Janus. With two faces, Janus was able to look both forward and backward at once. Inspired by Janus, the Romans celebrated the New Year by looking back at the past year and making resolutions. A common resolution was to seek the forgiveness of their enemies.

Today, according to a survey commissioned by Weight Watchers, the most common New Year's resolution is losing weight. Quitting smoking is the second most common resolution.

To help bring in the new year, the Central Kentucky News-Journal contacted several local officials and residents. Below are the responses received before press time.

Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said he planned to eat healthier and spend more time with his family, in addition to planning for the county's future.

"[I resolved] to relax and give myself some alone time to think, read and plan for making Campbellsville and Taylor County a better place for our families and future generations and especially for everyone to have a prosperous, healthy and happy new year."

Amanda Sublett, Taylor County 4-H Youth Development Agent, said, "My New Year's resolution is to be more organized."

Elaine Munday, director of Taylor County Public Library, said, "My resolution for the New Year is to serve the community better and to make the dream of a new library building a reality."

The library plans to build a new $3 million facility off East Broadway, which would be more than double the size of the current building at the corner of Columbia Avenue and Broadway. Construction is at least two years away.

City Attorney John Bertram said his New Year's Resolution involves refocusing.

"In 2009, I hope I can focus more on the most important things in life, which are too often overlooked. I'd like to not sweat the small stuff, spend more time with family and always remember why God put us here to begin with."

Ronnie Dooley, Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 assistant supervisor, offered several resolutions.

"[I resolve] to have a closer walk with my lord and savior; to lose weight and become more physically fit; and to spend more quality time with my family.

State Representative-elect John "Bam" Carney also had a few resolutions.

"My resolutions are to exercise more, spend more quality time with my family and, as a legislator, really work hard to hopefully help solve the problems of the people in the district."

-Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.