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January 2, 2009

For Old Times’ Sake

Joe Charlebois

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,     Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?                  And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,     Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And days o' lang syne?                          For old times sake?


And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!         And there's a hand my trusty friend!

And gie's a hand o' thine!                        And give us a hand of thine!


And we'll tak a right gude-willy waught,   And will take a right goodwill draught,

For auld lang syne.                                  For old times' sake.


Robert Burns, the 18th century Scottish poet, first laid these words to the music of an old Scottish folk melody in the late 1780's. Since then this song has been a way to bring in the New Year in a celebratory way.


If you're not sure what Auld Lang Syne is all about, well the modern translation speaks to two old friends getting together reminiscing about old times and raising a pint to each other for old times' sake (auld lang syne).


Even with all that our country has gone through since September 11, 2001, including the fiscal and psychological recovery, the continued war on terror, the drain on our military, the collapse of the mortgage industry and the associated financial destruction that it caused, we still live in the most free and wealthy nation on the face of the earth.


I know that our new leadership that takes over later this month would wish for nothing more than old times. However the new administration will be greeted with trouble in the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Somalia, Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan and other concerns with sleeping bears and eastern giants.


Barack Obama, I wish you well as you lead our great country into these troubled times.


It will be necessary to stand strong against our foes. It will require difficult decisions within our Congress and the ability to truly go against your own party when the time calls. You will not be able to pander to the world community as this will only show an inability to lead on the world stage. Do not lead by committee.


As we head into the New Year and raise a cup to our friends and old times, let us pray that our future is worthy of raising a cup as well.

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