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December 30, 2013

Column: Resolutions for all of us

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Perhaps we could resolve to find out more about the issues and uncover facts, read more newspapers (yes, this is a commercial) and online news. How cool if everyone could agree on the basics, such as how a bill becomes a law or the true nature of filibusters.

And we could demand that our children take mandatory classes in civics and history again. It seems that many foreign children know more about U.S. history than many of our children do. Every child should know, for example, that the Fourth of July should actually be celebrated on July 2.

We should always remember that we have thousands of men and women in uniform who make daily sacrifices for the rest of us. We should never forget that thousands have been killed and maimed. We should resolve to do all that we can to make life better for the survivors and their families, and we should honor the families of those who gave up their lives.

We should resolve to make it easier, not harder, for our citizens to vote. We should expand voting hours, not restrict them. We should organize carpools to get people to the polls. We should not make senior citizens who have been voting for decades spend time and effort to retrieve long-lost birth certificates in order to vote. We should rejoice that people of all shapes, sizes and colors want to vote.

As exemplary citizens, we should all lose weight, exercise, eat more fruit and vegetables, and get plenty of rest.

Finally, we should resolve not to keep alive all those poinsettias we collected over the holidays. By mid-January we are saddened by those spindly stalks and shedding, desiccated leaves. Besides, who knows what exotic colors next year’s poinsettias will sprout?

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Scripps Howard columnist Ann McFeatters has covered the White House and national politics since 1986.

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