New Year’s Resolutions

As we mark the start of winter and head into the New Year, we traditionally take time to reflect on the year just ending, and resolve to do some things differently in the days ahead.

So while there’s nothing wrong with the usual resolutions – exercise more, eat healthier foods, take more time for yourself, pay more attention to loved ones – we suggest a different direction, which in the long run may yield more lasting results.

What about a resolve to compromise instead of pursuing “my way or the highway,” to look at all sides of an issue, rather than only the one that benefits yourself? It’s not easy to be open minded, but it’s worth the effort. And in politics, we’re not supposed to be electing “special interest” representatives. Our officials should represent all of us. That means being open to other views.

The Timberlane School Board, for example, could take a lesson from that book.

It’s been an interesting year in our towns. So it’s a particularly apt time to add civic involvement to your list of resolutions.

How about running for office? Volunteers are needed to help our towns operate. And while it takes no effort to complain about what goes on at town hall, it can be much more rewarding to participate in the process. The filing period for town and school offices runs Jan. 21-30.

If putting your name on the ballot is too stressful or time consuming, volunteer posts on boards, commissions, and committees in town often go begging. There’s a variety of interest areas, from conservation to housing – in which to offer your time for the betterment of your community. And these positions are important – in Londonderry in 2014, the Zoning Board of Adjustment turned down variance requests for yet another workforce housing project, paving the way for updated information.

Budget hearings and deliberative sessions are coming up in January and February. Resolve to attend those events and share your views and facts, politely and reasonably.

In Londonderry, the first funding request for a proposed multi-million-dollar auditorium will be on the warrant. Speak out, pro or con. The Timberlane school budget should generate plenty of talk. And Hampstead’s multi-million-dollar plan for renovations and additions to Central School will face voters. Express yourself.

This past year Derry cut its tax rate, and the Town Council has directed that it be cut again. Sandown and Hampstead school voters chose default budgets in 2014. Have officials heard the voters?

Good luck with your resolutions, and from all of us at Nutfield Publishing to all of you, our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

Newsletter Updates

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our newsletter