Editorial: Celebrate new year responsively

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 08:23 PM

With the new year coming on Tuesday, early celebrations are quite possible tonight and on into the early part of the week.

We take a moment today to strongly advise against risking other people’s lives with careless activities. Whether playing with fireworks or simply indulging in merrying up the weekend, we hope wise decisions will be made by all to keep everyone safe.

Now is not the time to be testing local law enforcement. The Click It or Ticket Campaign for the holidays started way back on Dec. 7 and runs through the holiday Tuesday, meaning plenty of checkpoints and saturation patrols are out and about.

Celebrate responsively.

• Nearly six weeks ago we offered a suggestion on avoiding the waistline woes between Thanksgiving and the new year.

Sadly, or not so much, we know the office goodies and family treats have kept on coming. But we’re hoping all opted to get in exercise, giving the necessary room for the extra growth.

We’re not great believers in resolutions. They sound good and there are well-meaning intentions, but more often than not we hear of more people unable to maintain than successfully changing lifestyles.

Whatever it takes, make 2013 a healthy one. Get exercise, eat well and find a way to encourage our children to do the same.

• Our week is always saddened by the deaths of those we know around us. This week there were recognizable figures of the older generation.

Among them were Jack Klugman on Monday, Fontella Bass on Wednesday and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. on Thursday.

Anyone enjoying shows like CSI can actually give a thanks to Klugman, who believed the premise for “Quincy” in the 1970s would work when some TV executives did not. Bass, who recorded pop and rhythm and blues hits, recorded eight albums and is best known for her 1965 hit “Rescue Me.”

Schwarzkopf was an Army general nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman” and “the Bear.” He commanded coalition forces in the Gulf War two decades ago.

All were remarkable talents and will be greatly missed.