Will this new year be any different?


It’s another new year, with resolutions to be made, maybe this time we will keep them. At least we will try, just as we have each new year. Only time will tell.

With the pandemic and the election over, we should be able to get back to a normal life. But with crime still a major problem and the border still wide open, there may be more problems in the new year. These are problems that should be resolved, but probably won’t be. Meanwhile life goes on, dealing with inflation and trying to keep our finances in order is the main day-to-day effort.

This is a new year, with new opportunities, with new hope — just as it was last year and the year before. So what will make this new year different?

Hopefully the leaders of our communities and our nation will realize what they have been doing isn’t working. And they – we – need to head in a different direction. We need to actually attempt to solve the numerous problems we face every day.

It has been said many times, doing the same thing and expecting a different result doesn’t work. This is insane and stupid. It’s time to try something different. Who knows, different may just be what we need.

A new attitude and a new approach to our lives should help — something to clear the air and start over, or at least start again. Whatever was tried in years past hasn’t solved the problems, so let’s try another approach to new year’s resolutions. With new ideas and new leadership there is a better than even chance there will be the solutions we have been striving for.

But the old (current) leadership may step in to keep their ideas in place. “Same ole, same ole” won’t work, not this year. We need to change the direction our county is headed.

We need those new ideas, new leadership and a new attitude — and most of all, new resolutions for the new year. Solutions to the problems we face. Out with the old, and in with new fresh ideas. We need to get back to basics, to build a firmer foundation for the future — at least for the new year.

History has shown new year’s resolutions are not always kept. Regardless of the reason, this year, let’s try to keep our resolutions realistic. The idea for making these is to improve our lives and ourselves, to become an all around better person. Let’s really try to keep this year’s resolutions. And maybe, just maybe, we can make a difference.

Happy New Year.

Herb Dettmer is a retired Bowling Green resident, U.S. Army veteran and writes this column representing the viewpoint of “Joe Average” citizen. He is freelance writer and author of “Others,” a devotional book. Call or text “Joe” with comments at 419-494-4641.

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