ROSE NOLEN: It's a new year and another chance to take action

Saturday, December 24, 2011 | 7:21 p.m. CST; updated 8:30 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We’re winding down from a spectacular Christmas that was filled with the giving of gifts.

Nearly everywhere you looked, people were spreading “good tidings of great joy” as they tried to bring as much pleasure to others as they could in these stressful times. They did their best to make Christmas merry.

Now that it is over, it’s time for some of us to get busy working on our New Year’s things-to-do list.

Since early last month I’ve been taking a look at my life and thinking of ways to improve it. It’s my way of dealing with the horrible mess that has developed in our country at the hands of the Two Party System.

I’m hoping to make myself better able to withstand the hard times ahead.

The first thing on my list is health. I’m going to start looking at food in a new way. I‘m going to begin to think healthy and prepare my meals carefully.

Such things as sugar, salt and fatty foods are what I’m going to try to avoid as much as possible.

I have all kinds of cookbooks languishing on a shelf. Beginning with the new year, I’m going to start using them to make myself a better person.

I’m going to exercise as well. Just so I don’t fall off the wagon, I’m going to start exercising with a group.

I’m going to read more newspapers. I found out in the last year that so many things are going on in government that it's easy to lose track. 

I need to be able to find out about new regulations being put in place for the public’s benefit. There are all kinds of areas where things need to be tightened up.

I’m going to make it my business to track these things and find out exactly what is being done.

I'm going to write more letters. Years ago, I met a woman who devoted herself to writing letters to address every situation she felt unfair or unjust.

I was absolutely amazed at the number of issues she was able to address with her letter writing. She didn’t miss an opportunity to express her opinion whenever there was a place to do so.

Ultimately, she organized her own protest group, which issued a monthly newsletter detailing activities that had taken place and what still needed to be done to satisfy certain goals. From her I learned that dedicated effort can pay off.

It’s not easy to stay on top of the government officials who are determined to destroy our way of life. They have so much money culled from lobbyists and others that they can stay in front of those trying to ward them off for a long time.

The generations that follow us have a right to enjoy some of the privileges that have been won for them. One generation has no right to try to obliterate the rights of the next.

While there may be very little any one person can do, there is always something.

Those, for example, who feel they can deprive people of a healthy economy with jobs for all by constantly raising taxes need to know they are going to be opposed and people will outnumber them.

Those who use social chat rooms can gather members to fight for their programs and issues. New technologies have provided new ways to communicate and draw people together. One letter can now be read by thousands of people.

I heard recently that people in other countries use technology to locate information and improve their lives, while Americans use those resources to visit and socialize.

We have far too many problems to address for us to waste our time in such a way. All of us should be gathering our friends and resources to zero in on problems we cannot solve alone.

We are after all a government of the people. What we cannot do as one, we can do as one of many.

Greed has taken control of our government and is swallowing us up. We need to fight those who are willing to sell our freedoms to earn personal wealth. We need to identify them and make them accountable.

A new year is upon us. We need to examine the decisions that are leading us in the wrong direction.

It is time to stop and take action. Tomorrow may be too late.

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Mark Foecking December 26, 2011 | 7:41 a.m.

"We need to fight those who are willing to sell our freedoms to earn personal wealth. We need to identify them and make them accountable."

So identify them. What freedoms have you lost lately? How has someone else's personal wealth affected your wealth (or lack of it)?

We're very bad at counting our blessings.


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