Reader submissions | Palm Springs Desert Sun
A few weeks ago, we asked for your New Year’s resolutions for other people — something a little different from the usual, in other words.
And lots of readers delivered. Here is a selection of the most interesting, thought-provoking or funny.
—Eric Hartley, opinion editor
Just for this year: a poem
Just for this year
can we try to let go
of the tension we’ve lived with
Just for this year
can we stop pointing fingers
and saying, “I’m right
and you’re wrong”
So lucky to live
in a land so diverse
where a mashup of cultures combine
traditions and food,
the riches all here,
ours to mine
There is no doubt
we can find common ground
if we turn from the mongers of fear
We all must resolve
to do better,
even if just for this year
— Lainie Wachter, Rancho Mirage
For the guys
Men: Please find other ways to assert your egos besides an ear-splitting noisy vehicle.
Anne Holford, La Quinta
No more resolutions
No Resolutions This Year!
I Shall Not Fail. Success is Mine.
Every year, we make ‘em. Every year, we break ‘em.
This year, I do not resolve:
To exercise. No way. That didn’t work last year, and I’ve learned from experience. I even bought an exercise bike. It doesn’t exercise me. It just takes space in my living room.
To lose weight. Not sweating that one. I weigh only 110 pounds.
To cut down on alcohol. Now that I can get booze delivered, there’s no sense in cutting down. Try Ralph’s for booze. Pick it up at your front door.
To watch less TV. It’s all so depressing. COVID this. Trump that. I’m losing my alleged mind. Note to self: Be sure Netflix is paid this month.
To be in touch with family and friends. I’ve been doing all the keeping in touch for years. If somebody wants to know about me, let them call or write or send emails or flowers or candy.
To learn a new skill. I’ve crafted for years. My cool stuff doesn’t sell at craft markets. I’ve got suitcases of leftover junk, and I keep saving weird gadgets in case another craft inspires me. I’m giving up my personal parking place at Michael’s.
So, I’ll turn the calendar to January 2022 with success in making no resolutions and following each one. Maybe on Jan. 3, I’ll contemplate becoming a Buddhist.
Suzanne Ives, Palm Desert
Find a new word
I would suggest that all local and national television anchors stop using the words “transparent/transparency.”
They are the most over-used words spoken on television stations throughout the country.
Ray Matlock Smythe, Cathedral City
It begins with us
Over the years, when I have written letters to the editor or Valley Voice submissions, they have been directed at the hypocrisy of our elected officials or stupid things they have done. There appears to be an unending supply of material. However, at this time of year, I want to do something different.
So, hats off to anyone who is willing to run for and serve in an elected office. Besides people like me taking shots at you, the day-to-day crud that gets in the road of you being able to do what you set out to do is mind boggling. To “serve the people” is getting harder and harder as you can’t please everyone all the time and those that oppose you are no longer the “loyal opposition” but are intent on eviscerating you.
I served 12 years as an elected member of the Palm Springs Unified Board of Education. I found it to be an extraordinarily rewarding experience as myself and my colleagues made real changes that helped the children.
But now, like in most areas of our country, the layer of trust between the people and the “electeds” has gotten very thin and has disappeared. The polarization of opinions has become so pronounced that only “right” and “wrong” exist. And we don’t talk — we yell, name call and denounce.
We can’t hear because we are no longer willing to listen. We can’t trust that someone who disagrees with us is a good person. They are evil and we are not. Should their view prevail, all hell will be loosed! They must be stopped!
Why is this happening? Why have we decided that someone who disagrees with us is wrong and evil?
We must fight this. We have got to start seeing those who disagree with us as people with joys and pains. People who get sick, have children that they don’t understand, parents who are dying. We are all human beings who want the same things. We want to be safe, we want to be healthy, we want our families to be protected. We want our children to outlive us. We want to leave our world a better place. We want to be proud of our town, our state, our country.
Something is keeping us from doing all of this. Something is pushing us apart. This has to stop.
Now, I’m not going to stop believing that what I want to have happen is the better way to go. But I will do a better job of listening to those I disagree with. My way may be OK, but maybe parts of what they want are OK, too.
As the new year begins, run for office. Be the solid, honest person who is ready to serve and listen. You are needed now more than ever.
We end our services at the United Methodist Church In Palm Springs by singing as loud as we can the short song “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” It ends with “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.”
That is my wish for 2022: Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.
Richard R Clapp, Cathedral City