The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
It’s the time of year for self-reflection, for deciding how you can change yourself or your surroundings for the better. By now, just about everybody has a short list of resolutions, right? Maybe you want to get more involved. Maybe you want to spend more time with your family. Perhaps you’re determined to cook more. Or read more. Or get yourself moving. Take a class? Take a trip? Or just enjoy this fabulous city we call home. You know what you need to do. So, you have to decide what goes on your list and what doesn’t.
All of us, though, can come up with a list of what we want people in positions of leadership to do in 2013. With that in mind, here are our annual New Year’s resolutions for public officials and personalities:
I, President Barack Obama, resolve to follow through on my promise to give LaPlace, Braithwaite, Slidell and other vulnerable parts of Southeast Louisiana stronger flood protection. And, to waste no time getting it done.
We, the Louisiana congressional delegation, pledge to keep fighting for resources to rebuild our state’s fragile coastline.
I, Gov. Bobby Jindal, resolve to accept the expansion of Medicaid that so many Louisianians need for health care. I also resolve to spend more time in the great state of Louisiana in 2013, focused on the vital work here.
We, Jindal administration staffers, resolve not to try to hide our email discussions from the public in the future.
We, the Louisiana Legislature, promise to stop getting distracted by petty matters. To that end, we won’t spend a minute debating whether the satsuma or the key lime should be the state’s official citrus fruit. ...
We, the top executives at BP, resolve to fulfill our promise to “make things right” along the Gulf Coast. ...
We, the New Orleans Saints, swear we will beat Carolina to give the faithful at the Superdome a happy ending to this less-than-happy season. Eight wins wasn’t what Who Dats were dreaming of, but -- at this point — it’ll do.
We, citizens of Who Dat Nation, promise to make the Dome as loud as we can. We have a reputation to uphold, after all.
I, Roger Goodell, resolve to offer an abject apology to Saints fans for the harm I’ve done in 2012.
I, Falcons receiver Roddy White, resolve to resist spouting off again about New Orleans. ...
I, Eric Gordon, promise to actually spend time on the court for the rest of the Hornets’ season. ...
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
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