Another day, another flip of a calendar page, another year.
Here we are: It’s 2020. The number denotes normal visual acuity. Does that mean we’ll all have clear vision this year?
I doubt it, but we’ll see.
My resolutions for the new year run along traditional lines. I will eat less, exercise more, drink less alcohol, make more efficient use of my time, use less plastic and express more gratitude.
I will be less grumpy and more patient. In short, I resolve to be a better person.
It’s fine to set self-improvement goals, but it’s more fun to make resolutions for other people. If I’m going to up my game, so should others.
Here are some goals I think others should pursue.
For the city of Fort Collins:
Resolve to get a move on with installing Fort Collins Connexion broadband service around the community. And resolve to tell us more about where and when it will be available.
I understand it takes time to build a fiber-optic network capable of reaching every home and business in the city. I get it.
I also get that Connexion is competing against heavy hitters in the internet service/entertainment-provider game. But it’s frustrating for consumers to not know when service is expected to be available in what areas of town.
Connexion is a city utility, after all. Residents should be able to get more information about the service than it’s currently willing to divulge, including timelines for making connections to specific neighborhoods.
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For New Belgium Brewing Co.:
Resolve to keep your solid connection to Fort Collins even though you are no longer locally owned. You’ve done a lot of good here, and I’m not just talking about beer.
For beer drinkers:
Resolve to be open-minded about New Belgium and its products. The folks who work there are still our neighbors, and they still need our support.
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For candidates for elected offices:
Resolve to tell the truth and nothing but the truth during the course of your campaigns.
Truth often takes a vacation during election season. Whether it’s for the highest office in the land or a modest local post, some contestants and their supporters feel free to toss about lies and innuendo in pursuit of votes.
From their perspective, the end (winning an election) justifies the means (being dishonest.)
Don’t fall for that. For the sake of your integrity and democracy itself, be forthright in your dealings with other candidates and the public. You’ll be a better person (and leader) for it.
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Resolve to be informed so that you can recognize falsehoods when you hear or read them.
We live in a time when information on any topic is readily available online. The problem is information about politics, science, culture — you name it — can be so distorted to meet an agenda; figuring out the truth is difficult.
Be suspicious of what you see on social media. Know there are people in this country and others who want to deceive you.
Get out of the echo chamber that reinforces what you think you already know and listen to different viewpoints. You know life is complicated, so be wary of absolutes.
When it’s time to vote, think beyond yourself and consider what is best for our community, Colorado, the country, and even the world.
It won’t be easy to see through the election fog of 2020. But if we put our collective hearts and minds into it, our vision will be good.
Kevin Duggan is a columnist and reporter.
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