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Time to Do Something 

A resolution for the new year

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Throughout 2016, we used this space in the paper for "Trail Mix," a hodgepodge of election news and analysis largely dominated by the cage match that we call presidential politics. There was no shortage of intrigue — Russian hackers, white supremacists, stolen emails, leaked tapes, a plagiarized speech, a guy named Weiner who takes pictures of his junk, tainted charities and foundations, two hated candidates and one humble winner.

The whole thing left us tired and a little sick to our stomach, and so for 2017, we're trying something different. Here in this space every week, we plan to feature civic-related events, as well as opportunities for you to get actively involved in your own community.

We could all benefit from fewer Facebook rants in our lives and more actual face time with those friends and neighbors committed to making this an even better place to live.

Tired of complaining that the world is going to hell?

Then get involved in something — in your neighborhood, in your school, in your city government, in organizations fighting for causes you believe in.

We're going to be on the lookout for those types of opportunities, but we could also use your help. Tell us about the event you're planning; submit events online at or email relevant information to We need the details one week prior to our publication date.

Let's agree to make 2017 the Year of Action, the Year of Community, the Year of Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is, the Year of Getting 'er Done, the Year of... OK, we haven't settled on the name yet, but you get the idea. It's time to do something. ♦

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