BY TOM BUSSELBERG
Christmas is over. The wrapping paper has hopefully been thrown away and for some, the tree is already down.
In America, Christmas is over after Dec. 25.
So, I figure it’s time to look forward. As a humble editor of Davis County’s weekly newspaper, let me share some of my hopes for the county for 2014.
Before I do that, though, I hasten to add that they are given in no particular order, and should not be considered as anything but my opinion.
- Davis County drivers should be more careful in inclement weather. That thought, of course, reflects on recent events of last week when icy streets added to the snow cover on the county’s streets. I would hasten to add that we as drivers should always look to be more courteous, as well. Nothing can ruin a good mood faster, especially on a Monday morning (if you can have a good mood), than a jerk who cuts you off.
- Less crime and more goodwill among residents, particularly neighbors, would be nice. That’s one of those goals that seems so utopian. I do believe each and every one person can make a difference in that regard, though.
- I also hope that students in our schools, including higher education, can have a positive experience. Achieving that goal takes support from parents, teachers, other school staff, and, of course, the kids themselves. I’d be happy to see them achieve to their upper limits, whatever that is. We don’t all have to be like the character Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.” In the hit comedy, he considers himself a genius. He’s very lacking in many other ways, though, such as interacting with his fellow, less than genius, human counterparts.
- May the economy continue to grow, even while the good, sometimes distinctive attributes of the county, are kept intact. We’ve all seen places that stagnate. That was even the case with some Davis County cities in the past. Hopefully we can follow the example of Farmington, which has kept its historic downtown, with a tree-lined Main Street, intact. At the same time, a bustling Station Park and many new homes and a coming new regional park are keeping that city one on the move.
- Remember to take time for yourself and those you love, including taking care of your health. It’s so easy to get engrossed in the day-to-day race that is life today. Yes, we want our kids to have the benefit of a broad range of experiences, from athletics to other extra-curricular activities. Demands also come from the community and church, in many cases. All of that can be very good, enrich our lives. But let’s not forget to take some time for ourselves, in all of this. That can mean starting an exercise program, taking time to relax in an easy chair, even daring to watch some TV. Or maybe it’s really puttering in the garden once the snow melts.
There is so much more I could write. But suffice it to say, I hope we can all make 2014 a great year. When I say that, I mean that for our communities, our schools, our neighborhoods, and, last but certainly most important, for ourselves and those we care about.
Happy New Year!