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Let's make this a better year for all

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Let's make this a better year for all

As an avid reader of the Daily Herald and especially the editorial page, I was impressed with "Our View" on Jan. 2. The "Resolves" for 2013 encouraged me to believe that we are a people who can care for others and need to. There are so many ways we can do something, not just for our family or faith or fraternal organization but for others in need whom we probably don't ordinarily meet or learn about their struggles to make ends meet. It has opened my eyes to those we might not understand but could with a little work with them.

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There is an eye opening book I would recommend, "Humanity on a Tightrope" that is making me believe we are at a crossroads in our country. If we don't care and learn to understand those others, the future for those who come after us is not very hopeful. And I do think we don't need to be in a "What's in it for me" mode but need to get out and show we care for those others.

We need to be more attentive to this wonderful earth and not waste its resources. We need to be careful about the pesticides and herbicides that are everywhere and can be used to kill things that shouldn't be killed and cause so much illness in persons. We need to drive less and more efficiently. We need to care for our health and for those who can't afford health care but end up getting very sick and going to the ER, which all of us pay for. We need to realize that this is a small planet we live on and need to handle it carefully and wisely.

Let us do our part to make this a better year for all.

Sheila T. Burris

Elgin

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