12/31/11 — Let's resolve: Year ahead should be one that combines bold decisions, practicality

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Let's resolve: Year ahead should be one that combines bold decisions, practicality

Here we are, beginning yet another new year.

And, as usual, we will run down a whole list of personal resolutions that we might or might not see fit to keep in 2012.

But we are not the only ones who should make out a list of "to dos and to don'ts" as the new year dawns.

There are more than a few caveats for those who are leading the county and state in the coming year.

First locally.

Goldsboro City Council and government should make this the year that they think through every single project they might possibly decide is critical to the future of the city, ask the people if they want it, and then spend the money to explore it. It will be a nice change of pace.

That's how you do not end up blowing architect fees for non-existent rec centers.

The Wayne County Commissioners and the Wayne County Board of Education should vow to begin every meeting saying something positive about the other group -- and not just Dr. Sandra McCullough who has the distinct pleasure of being involved with both -- and to find at least one way both groups can work together in the new year.

That is how you get stuff done insted of bickering and arguing for months and months.

Speaking of the Wayne County Board of Education, there are a few items its members should have on their list as well. First and foremost, a few of the members should remember that criticizing your fellow members behind their backs -- and not actually getting it right -- is not serving the needs of the students of Wayne County. It is being the board member equivalent of a mean girl -- and it is not what gets you re-elected.

As for the rest, this is the year for bold decisions, tough looks at programs and some fresh approaches. It is OK to admit that not everything is going perfectly and that there are places where more work needs to be done. Admitting weakness is a sign of strength and the first step to charting a strong course for the future.

And while you are at it, don't be afraid to tell it like it is.

That is how you get a school system that keeps getting stronger and stronger.

At the state level, the resolutions are a little more simple -- and read more like the instructions at a preschool.

First, stop bickering and put away your politics when it is time to work together. Learniing to share -- and to do what is best for the state -- is critical if North Carolina is going to be the success we know it can be.

Second, no gloating. Sure, one party seems to have cornered the market on ethics troubles this year, but that doesn't mean the other is lily white, either. Vow to weed out all the cheats -- no matter which party they are in -- in the new year.

And last but not least, spend the money we send you like it is coming out of your own pocket. And learn to say no to undue influence, undeserved perks and decisions that skirt the ethical line.

That is how you get a stronger North Carolina.

Oh, and one more thing, just say no to pork or free money of any kind from the federal government. It comes with too many strings.

Of course, there are plenty of specifics that could be added to any of these resolutions. This is just a start.

But if they do even these few, our leaders will create the framework for the kind of new year that would make Father Time proud.

Published in Editorials on December 31, 2011 8:05 PM