Editorial for 31 December: New Year is about change

We are about to bid another year adieu.

And what a year it has been.

Who would have ever thought we’d see our
first premier put into position and then see him forced to resign? At this
writing, he has yet to be charged with anything. Going into the New Year, it is
our hope that charges will be laid if there is something to charge him with; if
not, free him from the yoke of innuendo and suspicion.

The man – as all people – deserves better.

We have seen an international group put our
turtle farm under fire this year.

We await the results of an independent
investigation.

The turtle is part of our heritage, and
while others outside our territory may think we shouldn’t be eating them, it is
part of our diet and custom and the farm has done a good job of providing us
the meat, which is part of our culture, and a venue for tourism.

The New Year is an opportunity for us to
learn from the past and to move on in the future.

Whether you decide to make a New Year’s
resolution is up to you.

Even though statistics tell us more than
half of the people who make New Year’s resolutions will abandon them before the
end of January, it is still an annual ritual for about half of the population
to make those resolutions.

Our resolutions, more often than not, seek
to correct something in ourselves that we feel we should change. This is a good
thing; as accepted wisdom dictates, the first step in solving any problem is
acknowledging – or defining – the problem.

Whether you make a New Year’s resolution or not,
we hope everyone strives for self-improvement in 2013 in any case. With the
challenges we face as a society now and in the coming years, we can use all the
improvements we can get.

 

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