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What's your resolution?

Article Published: Jan. 5, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
What's your resolution?

Buzz Berry

What's your New Year's Resolution? We asked some of your neighbors, including Rep. Virginia Foxx and Mayor Loretta Clawson, to clue us in to their 2011 resolutions!

"My New Year's resolution is to stop making New Year's resolutions," WATA AM 1450 radio host John Roten said.

"To eat less sweets," WECR Afternoon Drive host Dave Blanks said.

"I've got four this year," Mayor Loretta Clawson said. "One is to walk more. I have a nice new park to do it in. Talk to my friends more! The next one is to watch the town budget closely as the state has to tighten its. That's going to be a tough one for us ... because we're dealing so much with privatization and stuff like that with ABC and liquor... and the last one is to take more vacations because, you know me, I am always here."

"I am setting some goals that I want to accomplish in the next 10 years, and my resolution is to write them down and chart my progress by keeping a journal," The Native Sway bassist Kevin Quinn said. "I also want to read more and better understand economics/politics."

"Mine is to produce more music and travel more," area dance DJ Jamie Overcash said.

"Mine is that everything I do, I do the best way I can," the Drawlstrings' Jimmy Kerr, president of Rock 2 Change, said.

"I have two, actually," ASU Chancellor Ken Peacock said. "One is more exercise, time to kind of clear the brain for the many challenges ahead. This job gives so many wonderful opportunities, and sometimes I miss them because I'm so involved in the position. So, I want more time with the students. That's important to me."

"My New Year's resolution is I need to learn this new position as quickly as I can to be as effective as I can ... There's a lot in front of us, a lot of important things we need to do and we need to prioritize ... It's a big mountain in front of us," N.C. Sen. Dan Soucek said.

"Since I received a Kindle for Christmas, I plan to read more for pleasure in 2011," U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx said.

"The most obvious one is losing 20-plus pounds," Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford said. "Secondly, I have resolved to be a better husband, dad and a better chief of police. Now, pulling all of that off will not be easy. It is all day by day."

"My resolutions are: One, to land a national television appearance and two, to begin performing high profile engagements full time," area magician Sammy Cortino said.

"My wife was listening to the conversation, and she says that my New Year's resolution is to travel more with my wife," Cullie Tarleton said. "And beyond that, I want to do whatever I can to work within the area and, you know, just continue to do things to help people."

"To make sure that family and friends know how much I love and appreciate them," "Sqrambled Scuares" television host Buzz Berry said.

"First, to avoid making resolutions in the first place!" Sheriff Len Hagaman joked. "Seriously, though, here are some of mine, plus some for the public to hopefully keep and perform. One, live each day to its fullest, except for the days where it calls for rest, for reflection, for prayer and meditation and for relaxation. Two, love life (physical, mental and spiritual), family, friends, community, coworkers, enemies and self, each and every day. Three, continue to strive to better the many aspects of life: Financially, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Four, prepare for the challenges of law enforcement and community service and be the best we all can be, yet understand that we can't always make everyone happy. Five, 2010 was a tough year, as we faced many challenges, including the loss of one of our own. Six, let us cherish 2010 and enjoy 2011. For the public, these are quick and easy resolutions and there are only two: One, change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Two, make sure your house has numbers that are easy to read, from the street, by fire, EMS, rescue and law enforcement. Before you decide to lose weight, ban cookies, get more exercise, join a gym, quit smoking, see a doctor - go buy some batteries and some house numbers now - the other resolutions can wait a few days."

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