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January 9, 2012

Pivotal Year for “Resolutions”

Michael Kurtianyk

2012 should be an interesting year locally. Politically, there will be elections in Congressional Sixth and Eighth Districts, along with the Board of Education. Much will be written on these races before it is all over.


It will be an interesting year for charter government. With an expected completion date of July 4th for the document, we’ll see if the voters in November will go forward with it or not. The devil is in the details everyone, the devil is in the details.


The new superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, Dr. Theresa Alban has already offered a preview of her fist budget. We’ll see how she does with those in Winchester Hall, and vice versa. This will be fun to watch.


As we begin a new calendar year, we always consider making resolutions. Why do we make resolutions? Is it because we look back on the year and think about what we could have done better? Or is it because we want to improve something about ourselves, such as exercising more for better health, or becoming more educated in order to elevate our job status?


It seems that the most popular phrase at this time of year is “if only.” “If only” I did this. “If only” I’d done that. However, when it came to the Frederick County Public Library System, the phrase “if only” did not come to my mind. I thought about all the accomplishments the library system completed: the opening of the Brunswick Branch; the fifth-year anniversaries at Point of Rocks and Urbana facilities; and the traveling Library of Congress Exhibit, just to name a few.


The Frederick County Public Library System may not need to make brand new resolutions. Maybe all it needs to do is resolve to continue doing the great things that it does, like providing great services and great programs.


I wondered about other possible resolutions made by others….


President Barack Obama resolves to win the presidential election this November.


The GOP wants to nominate the least "worst" candidate, and pair him up with Sarah Palin.


Donald Trump resolves to have people thinking about him becoming president, but not actually run for the position. He may parlay this into another reality show.


Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder resolves to contact the ghost of Vince Lombardi to coach the team.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will ask Troy Aikman to come back and play quarterback.


State Sen. Ron Young (D., Frederick) resolves to add more jokes to his collection.


Mayor Randy McClement resolves to no longer be called Mayor McBagel.


WFMD 930AM Radio Host Bob Miller resolves to have Walkersville beat Middletown in something, anything.


WFMD 930AM Program Director Frank Mitchell resolves to have someone un-dishevel his hair.


My resolution? I only have two – to listen more often to any version of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”


The second? Figuring out a way to use the word “shibboleth” in an article for The Tentacle.


 Maybe something like: “Fair and balanced is a common, but false, shibboleth heard on Fox News.”


Or: “Forget the shibboleth that a penny saved is a penny earned.”


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