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Editor's Voice: A few resolutions to make the New Year a great one

Posted 12/31/12

by Jim Lewis

Do you make New Year resolutions?

With 2013 starting off unpredictably, maybe you should. The fiscal cliff looms as partisan politics promises to derail any deal in Washington on tax hikes and budget cuts. Kim Kardashian is …

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Editor's Voice: A few resolutions to make the New Year a great one

Posted

by Jim Lewis

Do you make New Year resolutions?


With 2013 starting off unpredictably, maybe you should. The fiscal cliff looms as partisan politics promises to derail any deal in Washington on tax hikes and budget cuts. Kim Kardashian is pregnant, and a flurry of Internet updates will undoubtedly follow. How do you stay focused on your goals amid the media bombardment of Everything You Need to Know? Perhaps making a promise to yourself is a good start.


Maybe you’ll exercise more, eat healthier, or quit smoking. Perhaps your goals are even more spiritual. Here are a few of our resolutions for 2013:


• We resolve to keep you abreast of Middletown Borough Council’s ambitious plan to renovate the downtown business district. Perhaps council has made the same resolution, since the borough held a meeting with business owners last month to talk about ideas for the renovation – a couple of weeks after embarking on the project without a definitive plan or funding by cutting down the trees along South Union Street.


New trees will be planted sometime this year, the borough promises. Meanwhile, designs for a new streetscape are underway, and comments from business leaders have been obtained. We hope it’s the first step in getting the public’s input on what it would like to see. After all, the public will pay for it, whether it’s borough money or state funds.


• We resolve to report to you all the efforts underway to fund the Middletown Public Library, a valuable asset to our community. Several fundraisers were staged at the end of 2012, after council cut library funding to reduce electric rates – from a spaghetti dinner held by private citizens to borough-sponsored activities in Hoffer Park during the holiday season. The library is a tremendous tool in encouraging children to read; we should not let it disappear.


• We resolve to support the Save The Elks! campaign for a digital projector and new marquee at the Elks Theatre by catching at least one of its films during its Monty Python film festival this month. The campaign, part of the Greater Middletown Economic Development Corp., will continue later this year with a list of films planned – everything from “The Evil Dead’’ to “Saving Private Ryan.’’ Perhaps you might suggest a few titles yourself? The Save The Elks! campaign can be found on Facebook.

Consider this our way of keeping Middletown healthy in 2013. Maybe you will resolve to do the same – attend council meetings, support worthy causes, participate in efforts to make your town a great place to live.
We hope you have a prosperous and healthy 2013.