Letter: A different kind of resolution

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To the editor,

As Old Father Time once again sheds his wrinkles and long beard for the diaper and pacifier of Baby New Year, I would like to extend warm wishes and tidings that each and every one of you achieves beyond expectation in 2014.

At this time I would like to ask that among the resolutions to improve your health, relationships and job status, that you also consider a resolution to improve the community around you. There are many ways to do this, from volunteering at our food banks, to the Senior Center, to serving on one of the various boards in town.

Our nation wasn’t built by political masterminds, but by hardworking citizens who knew what it meant to have and to hold the freedoms that we all share. With those freedoms comes an expectation that responsible citizens step forward to monitor and maintain their use and function within the community. 

Any effort and investment made into our community not only provides the immediate return in the satisfaction of a job done well, or the pride in seeing the community accomplishments, but it also reverberates through the community, is amplified and then returned by our fellow citizens in unexpected ways.

Additional benefits to such volunteer work could help with your other resolutions, for example; carrying food boxes improves strength, volunteering in the community opens doors to new relationships and serving in a leadership position can be a valuable mark on a resume.

As our Founding Father George Washington once said in a letter to Benedict Arnold, “Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.” 

Please consider coming out and volunteering. Opportunities such as openings with the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, or for community volunteering can be found at Town Hall.

Michael Opuszynski

Beacon Falls

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