Top New Year’s
What a year,
economists and sociologists will have their hands full dissecting the formative
years of the century.
The year has been
the stuff of novels. The plot, if written by an author of fiction, would have
been criticized as overdone and over-the-top.
The stock market
dive, corporate corruption, the War on Terror, the evil Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s
weapons of mass destruction, and world-wide uncertainty were enough to make the
least anxious among us reach for the Prozac.
To look forward
with hope to brighter days, we look back for the lessons of the year just ended.
Herewith, some New Year’s resolutions we’d like to see:
investors: To repeat daily, "If it’s too good to be true, it’s
WorldCom execs: To repeat daily, "Greed is bad; so is jail."
To rescue state governments drowning in red ink as the result of federal
policies and the recession.
George W. Bush: To act with as much concern about the health and welfare of
the American people as for the health of corporate profits.
Secretary Gail Norton: To read a Teddy Roosevelt biography and to police the
Idaho Gov. Dirk
Kempthorne: To hold
his nose and take the lead in rolling back the tax cut that left Idaho facing a
sea of red ink and schools facing drastic cuts.
To quit looking like deer in the headlights and to question the Bush
Administration about degradation of civil liberties, dismantling of federal
agencies, elimination of provisions that protect the health of the nation’s
land, water and air, and the rationale for any war.
Council: To seek counseling for its schizoid policies on community housing
and to stop the hypocrisy of concern about housing for city employees, while
leaving other valley workers and businesses to the not-so-tender mercies of the
Commissioners: (Same as last two years) To hire some help to allow them to
manage the big picture and to leave the micromanaging to others.
School: To persist,
persist, persist in efforts to build and operate a new elementary school on its
new campus in Sun Valley.
Bellevue, and Blaine County: (Same as last year) To follow Ketchum and
Hailey in adopting a Dark Skies Ordinance to protect the incredible view of the
Sun Valley City
Council: To quit
pretending the city is a gated subdivision.
cell phones: To hang up and drive, and to figure out that backing onto a
busy highway or turning corners with just one hand on the wheel are
life-threatening moves when yakking.
Ketchum: To abide by its own ordinance and clear snow from sidewalks in
front of City Hall, the Ore Wagon Museum, the street department and over the
bridge on Warm Springs Road.
Ketchum Mayor Ed
Simon: To return to
the policies of openness with which his administration began and to soothe
misgivings about law enforcement by watching reruns of the Andy Griffith Show.
To take the Peak Bus and save gobs of money by leaving the driving and the
hassle to someone else.
To think and act on the adage, "History didn’t begin the day you got
Brent Coles: To figure out why the word "junket" is not flattering
when used in reference to official travel.
recreation center advocates: As politics unwind, to remember that the last
recreation bond issue failed in Hailey and passed in Ketchum.
Court: To uphold a district court ruling that the Idaho Land Board cannot
override local zoning laws in developing gravel pits or anything else on state
Eagle Ranch Subdivision: To quit harassing the area’s first residents—elk,
deer, ducks and geese.
skiers with dogs: To learn how to use the plastic bags at trailheads: Pick
and throw, or pick and pack—and don’t leave the packages on the side of the
trail because there is no garbage service in the backcountry.
Valley City Councilman Latham Williams: To take up solitaire instead of
politics on the Internet and to give up control of a web site named for state
Sen. Clint Stennett.
To drop the lawsuit that would force his super-sized Boeing Business Jet into
Hailey’s little airport and to get along with valley residents who just want a
little peace, quiet and safety.
Democrats: To quit waffling and come up with more than "me too"
political positions in the next election.
volunteers: To take heart, keep hope healthy by raising money and doing good
deeds that reinforce faith in the basic goodness of mankind.