Let’s start with this one for all elected officials from city hall and the courthouse to the statehouse and the White House:
“In 2014 and hereafter, I (name) resolve to be honest and transparent in everything I do and to communicate freely and fully on all issues with my constituents. I resolve to represent the best interests of the people, regardless of the policies and positions of my party, and to accept the will of the majority while giving due consideration to minority views. I resolve to stand firm on the Constitution and to respect the separation of powers that it dictates. I resolve to cut the expenses of my office to the bare minimum and to insist that the government does the same. I resolve to insure that my pension plan and health care plan, paid for by the taxpayers, are consistent with prevailing practices in the private sector, no better, no worse. I resolve to accept no privileges not attached to my office; and I resolve to never yield to persuasions or monetary contributions of party, lobbyists or any other influence that would compromise in any way my integrity and my responsibility to work for honest and effective government. I resolve to be a public servant in word and deed, and I resolve to comport myself in all circumstances as a (gentleman)(lady), never engaging in unseemly conduct, demeaning rhetoric or insulting comments.”
It’s time for Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson to make a few resolutions: “I resolve that our team will do better than eight wins in a season and stop the continuing, embarrassing losses in bowl games, eight of the last nine bowls we have played in. To achieve these goals, I resolve to change the offensive scheme to one that works, similar to other successful football programs. I resolve to hire assistant coaches with the necessary credentials for success on both sides of the line and to recruit top quarterbacks with both passing and running skills. I resolve to consider retiring if these goals are not met.”
Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff: “I resolve to find enough offensive line players with the mindset and skills needed to (1) protect our quarterback and (2) knock some holes in the defensive line for our running backs. I also resolve to do the same on the Falcons defensive side of the line and to make sure our team has enough depth to be competitive even when key players are lost to injuries.”
Falcons Coach Mike Smith: “I resolve to (1) stop calling fourth-down plays that put the team in a terrible situation when a punt is in order and (2) eliminate stupid and costly personal fouls by our players, period. I resolve to develop a solid running game.”
Keeping all these resolutions will make for a happy New Year!