With the calendar page having turned to a new year a few days ago, people all over the world have been calling in to the Tri-County News to report their New Year’s resolutions.

Here’s a sampling of who we’ve heard from so far. Of course, it’s already Jan. 5 (or later) when you’re reading this, so there is a good chance most of these resolutions are already tossed by the wayside:

Saddam Hussein resolves to continue to disrupt his trial every chance he gets. What kind of kangaroo court is letting him get away with that? If he were in the U.S., Saddam would be seated in a room to himself and his attorneys behind a plexiglass window or, better yet, fitted with an electronic restraint to stun him anytime he feels like going into one of his diatribes. I hope I’m not wrong about this, but all of Saddam’s stall tactics won’t keep him from an upcoming date with a syringe.

Now former Green Bay Packer coach Mike Sherman, quarterback Brett Favre and the rest of the Packers resolve to forget the 2005 season just as quickly as humanly possible. Who knows...both Sherman and Favre might have a lot of free time in the summer and fall of 2006 to work on forgetting 2005.

Milwaukeeans resolve to keep their heads down in 2006 to try to avoid the flying bullets. This past week has been especially tragic in the state’s largest city, capping off (pun intended) one of the deadliest years for crime in that city’s history. What this is doing for the city’s and state’s reputation nationally is a crying shame.

President George Bush resolves to continue to avoid watching, listening to and reading most of the nation’s mainstream news media. It really is a waste of his time anyway since he knows the stories are the same everyday: “Here’s what’s wrong with America today and why it is Bush’s fault...” Apparently a lot of people have forgotten the message of the last presidential election: The majority of people between the two coasts think this is a great country, not perfect but going strong, and it has a good leader at the helm.

The Milwaukee Brewers resolve to make the playoffs in 2006. Despite their tremendous improvement in 2005, that still won’t be an easy resolution to keep as their payroll still pales in comparison to most National League teams. Lyle Overbay will be missed, but his trade had to happen to make room for Prince Fielder. Watching Fielder and the rest of these Brewers everyday should be great fun again in 2006. How many days until pitchers and catchers report?

I resolve to not eat any chocolate in 2006. Oops, that one is already out the window. Oh well, there’s always next year.

As for this year, from my family to your’s and from everyone at Delta Publications, Inc., here’s wishing everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous 2006. Remember, a better world begins with a better you—that is a resolution we should all try to keep. God bless!

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