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New year, new opportunities

I’ve long ago given up on New Year resolutions. They’re usually a set-up for failure, frustration and guilt.

One year, I actually kept one.

In high school, I decided to go without sugar; no desserts, no added sugar to anything. I did it. And then proceded to devour much of the Christmas goodies stashed away in the freezer.

I do have the feeling of success, but it all seems kind of silly now.

So I don’t bother with New Year resolutions.


What exactly is community?

Community is at the very heart of our daily life, but what is community, exactly?

It used to be that “community” meant where you lived. These days it’s gotten quite confusing.

The word “community” can still mean the neighborhood or area in which you live. But it can mean so many other things.

A few of us have extended families so large that they could qualify as a community unto themselves. 

Your church congregation is a community. So is your school. Your workplace may be part of this community, or it may be in another community.

One’s political inclinations may help to define yet another community, either formally and actively or informally.

Depending on where you live, the language you speak could define yet another community of which you are a part.


Lethal shopping, really?

It seems that each year Black Friday gets worse. This year, reports are that four people died (including a Wal-Mart employee who was trampled to death), and nearly a hundred were injured, all on Black Friday.

The day is earning its name.

Even worse, Black Friday isn’t just a single day. This year it started Thanksgiving day (Thursday). And now, as I write this early Tuesday morning, there are still ads for “Black Friday weekend” or “Black Friday week” sales that are still going on. Really?

They say this year’s shopping season is short. Really? Who sets what the shopping season is, or should be?

Okay, I get it that many retailers plan on all those revenues between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Perhaps they should plan better?


Thanks, thanks, and more thanks

This is a perfect time to express thanks for so many things in life. Every day should be that way.

We truly are grateful for you, our readers. You are the reason we all work so hard to bring you a fresh, new paper each week. Whether you subscribe, or pick up a copy on your way home, we thank you.

We are grateful to our advertisers, both regular and occasional. You show your support for the Tri-County News and, even more importantly, for your community by advertising here.

Readers, we hope you express your gratitude to our advertisers as well. They employ your friends, neighbors and family. They support our schools, parks, and roads. They’re here for you day in and day out. Please be here for them. Celebrate Small Business Saturday right here at home. And be sure to tell them “thank you.”

50 years ago

Television is saturated lately with documentaries about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and other events and issues of long-ago era. I’ve probably watched each one at least twice. I can’t seem to get enough of them.

Now, all these years later, they are showing video and photos that had not before been made public. At least one of the shows used modern-day forensics to prove that the Warren Commission Report was thorough and accurate. Fascinating stuff.

Here are a few things I’ve learned. 

The term “news anchor” was coined for Walter Cronkite, a new breed of news man. Everyone remembers Cronkite as the one who broke the news of the Kennedy shooting and then his death, but he wasn’t the first. He waited until he was absolutely confident about the facts and sources, and then he broke the news as a radio-type interruption to the TV soap opera being broadcast on CBS. It took 20 minutes back then to warm up and align a TV camera (vacuum tubes), if you can imagine.