McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: Wishes or resolutions: either one
On the day after Christmas, is it still OK to ask for presents? Even if what you ask for aren’t really physical gifts, the kind you can buy at a store?
Or should we already be looking ahead to New Year’s resolutions? Too early in the afterglow of Christmas meals and all that quality family time?
How about a compromise. I’ll ask for things I think Rifle, the state of Colorado, this country or the world needs. And I’ll make resolutions, some personal and serious, others more tongue-in-cheek. That ought to fit the bill, since this is the day after Christmas and the next edition of The Citizen Telegram is the day after New Year’s.
So, here we go….
At the top of my present list is an economic turnaround for Rifle. Things have been so tough for so long for everyone, don’t you think we deserve it? I’m not sure who to ask this of, or how anyone can get us this gift. Some on Rifle City Council think their recent move to cut development fees by 60 percent will help. I sure hope so. Still doesn’t address how to help a lot of existing small retail businesses in the city. I’m thinking only more people can address that.
Kind of along the same theme, I resolve to seriously work on my own long term finances. I’ve made this resolution before, to varying levels of success, but every year it gets more important, right? No one wants to work as long as they live, but many find they have to. I’d like to enjoy life a little more in my golden years.
How could I forget this one: A Super Bowl championship for the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning this year. And if I want to be greedy, how about the next one, too? I’m not totally confident the Broncos can get it done, with those often-terrible defense and special teams. If Manning goes down, all bets are off. And I still think there are 2-3 NFC teams that could beat Denver in New York City come February. But we’re wishing here….
Here’s one that will never happen, but again, it’s wishing and resolving: Our nation’s leaders finally get a clue and realize they have to work together to help us all. No more pandering to the extreme left or right, it’s all about compromise, right? Politicians used to do that all the time.
I have a very good friend who’s struggled to get by as long as I’ve known her. She has a heart of gold, has helped others who find themselves in bad situations, even if it cost her time with family, which is the most important thing in her life. So I wish she, her daughter and her mother find a solid, reliable, comfortable life in the coming year. One that doesn’t have daily worries about paying bills, family squabbles and all the other trials and tribulations that have become so common in her life. That isn’t asking too much for one person, is it?
Since it’s winter and we’ve had a pretty big snowstorm already, I wish everyone would follow the city’s laws and shovel their sidewalks after it snows. The city gives us 24 hours after a storm to clear a path for those of us who enjoy walking, and as someone lucky enough to be able to walk to work most days, I can tell you a lot of folks don’t follow the rules. I even told some city officials, only half jokingly, that they could help ease the city’s revenue problems if they’d enforce that ordinance. But I don’t think they took me seriously.
And finally, in the really big picture, I wish the world continued health, peace and a sense of commonality among its peoples. There may be millions, even billions, of other inhabitable planets in the universe. “May be” is the key term. Until we actually set foot on one and breath that air, we don’t know. I’d say chances are pretty good, but we still need a way to get there. I’m a Star Trek fan, so I believe we will one day, far in the future. Until then, we need to make sure this spinning blue ball we call earth is in good shape.
And to all, a good night, pleasant dreams and a brighter tomorrow.
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.
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