Resolutions For The New Year

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Lose weight. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Eat healthy.

These are the most common resolutions made by people who want to improve their lives in the new year.

Even though 2004 is now two days old, it's not too late to make some resolutions for the town, and its residents.

  • im country residents should resolve to always treat water as the precious commodity that it is. We already do a great job of conserving compared to the Valley and Tucson, but we can always do better.
  • ayson residents should resolve to become registered voters by the Feb. 9 deadline. Then they should put that vote to work by casting a ballot in the March 9 primary town election.
  • andidates campaigning in the mayoral and town council election should resolve to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Don't stoop to name calling or harassment; resolve to participate in intelligent debate on the issues affecting our town.
  • ll Rim country residents, with or without children, should resolve to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Credit for Kids program before the end of the 2004 tax year. It's the money that makes it possible for our young people to participate in music and other enrichment classes, and that builds facilities like the all-weather track and renovated football stadium that all residents can enjoy.
  • im country residents, especially those who live in outlying areas and forest perimeters should resolve to create defensible spaces around their homes and communities. While last summer was fairly uneventful for forest fires, the Rodeo-Chediski and Dude fires are lessons not to be soon forgotten.
  • f you don't have a dog or cat in your life, resolve to visit the Payson Humane Society and pick one out. It really isn't the depressing experience everyone makes it out to be, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the caliber of animals waiting for a new home.
  • ff-road vehicle owners and everybody else who uses our beautiful Tonto National Forest should resolve to leave it in better condition than you found it. Stay on the trails, respect fences and gates, and generally treat this special place the way you do your own yard.
  • he Rim country has a wonderful group of young people. Support them by attending their plays, concerts and sporting events.
  • ou hear it all the time, but it is vitally important to support our local businesses whenever possible. Let's keep as many dollars as possible working for Payson and the Rim country.
  • ead the Payson Roundup and The Rim Review to stay informed. We resolve to continue providing you news and features that are relevant to Rim country living -- we resolve to stay your No. 1 news source.

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