Carmel Voice January Word Is:
January 1, 1970
In the vernacular of the photographer it means clarity. The work renders acurate detail through craft and in politics that means diplomacy. Then, it means resolve in terms of confrontation, like labor strikes, or war.
Hey, that applies to today, right? And for the beginning of the new year we all think of resolution. Word is, we make ‘em.
“Say, what have we got to look forward to that we didn’t do those last years? Looks like we’re ALL gettin’ older,” I said “every day I look forward to a new ache or new pain.”
“Still I have resolve.” That quote fits Uncle Sam, and in the face of the future of almost every city, it fits the mayors of each and every one.
From the national news comes resolve to make a better plan, define a better budget, hold on to what we started. The enemy of best is better, so what stopped us from being our best? That calls for a resolution.
Word is, our president is wasting our time with this war and didn’t we do our best? I mean, who wants to leave jobs unfinished? New York transit workers? Carmel forester?
The idea of starting something and at the end of a year looking at the task unfinished . . . that’s all of us . . . the calender certainly doesn’t fit into our lives, we fit into it. The best resolution is to finish what was started.
I mean, Rich Gillen, Carmel city administer has to finish what the city council resolved, what the mayor deems necessary and somehow with resolve, find the stamina to see it all through.
They say the uncontrollable assets in government is the income. Grant our public servants credit for their resolve.
How does it figure, our governor puts propositions on the ballet that asks if we trust our politicians. Isn’t that why we chose them? Without their trust we don’t trust ourselves. Want to do the job ourselves? Don’t think so.
Where do we go with this, I say the resolution with the most clarity and that which calls upon the most craft, skill and diplomacy is to make a resolution to render trust.
We have a mayor, firm resolved, focus, skilled and instilled with a little trust we can’t bring back harmony? Maybe there’s something of local interest in national politics. Show us the interest!
How can a local community of the nearly dead and newly wed expect to make good our new years’ resolutions? Resolve!
Word is: We’re all gettin’ older, even after we get married.
Maybe the deal is to use what’s within, resolve; and word is trust, to make that the resolution.
(Steve Shapiro authored “Carmel - A Timeless Place” and writes from his Monterey Peninsula home almost 40 years.)