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Opinion: Community resolutions for the New Year

Devin Middlebrook
Tribune Opinion Columist

It is that time of year again; it’s time to look back and reflect — and what a year it was. We saw our fair share of the good, the not so good, and the just plain weird.

We saw Bijou Bike Park become a reality, a busy tourist season that kept hotels full and restaurants busy, and new local businesses, across a variety of industries, opening their doors.

On the other hand there was congested traffic, another summer of drought and extreme wildfire threat, and signs that our economy still has a tough road to full recovery.

And my vote for just plain weird goes to the man who drank Round-Up at a city council meeting.

While we can learn a lot by reflecting on the past, it is far more important to look to the future. New Year’s resolutions serve as personal goals for the upcoming year. Whether it is to eat healthier, save more money, or take a leap of faith, everyone sets goals to make himself or herself a better person. As you think about your personal goals for 2016, also think about what you want for your community in the New Year.

Now go one step further; how can you help make that resolution a reality? This is the part that requires a little effort. Strive to help the community achieve the resolution that you set for it. And remember, you are not alone; others are working every day to achieve these same goals you have just set. Here are a few ways to make this a reality.

Pay attention to local elections — they have a more direct and tangible effect on your daily life. During this election there will be two open seats on the city council and surely a multitude of ballot measures that will directly impact you. Educate yourself about the candidates and issues. Make your voice heard by voting for what you believe in.

Give back to the place that you call home by volunteering or making a donation. There are dozens of deserving organizations in town that can always use a helping hand.

Finally, be open to change. The world around us has already changed and isn’t going to stop any time soon. Tahoe is a melting pot of people and ideas from around this crazy world. We must be willing to adapt and embrace innovative change to keep this a place you can take pride in calling home.

There is never a bad time to start or an effort too small. Make your community resolution a reality; you may be surprised by what is possible.

Devin Middlebrook is the civic engagement committee chair for the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals. For comments, questions, or more information on how to get involved please email Devin at dcmiddlebrook@gmail.com.


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