Here is a resolution for the New Year sent to me by my friend which is worth quoting: “I am going to stay up on New Year’s Eve this year, not to see the New Year in, but to make sure this one leaves.”
I think a few of us would probably agree that 2020 should not hang around. It is not only for us personally but for our city, our state, our country and our world. From my point-of-view the usual resolutions for this coming year must definitely be on the optimistic side so that we all can feel everything is going to be ok.
Of course, the main resolution for the whole world for 2021 is that a vaccine will reach everyone who should have it as a means to achieve an immunity eliminating COVID-19 just like we did with smallpox, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, mumps, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis and yellow fever. And in return, we should resolve to take the vaccine when it is available unless medically inappropriate. We may have to be patient but there is indication that the logistics of distribution is being planned very carefully.
For America, I could see resolutions suggesting that our political officials work together on general problems that impact all of us—consistent access to health care and services, economic growth of businesses and jobs alike, climate change and systemic racism. One resolution I hope would be forthcoming is the determination to make sure that all voting practices and routines across the country are fair, convenient and accessible to all.
California resolutions are already in the making. Gov. Newsom has initiated the concept that services needed by all of our populations are consistent throughout the state. In other words, just because you live in a certain place, you should not be deprived of a public service provided in other parts of the state.
For example, we benefit from the Master Plan for Education created many years ago. No matter where you live, you have access to a community college, state college and a university. The latest resolutions include a Master Plan for Older Adult Services and a Master Plan for Early Childhood Services (day care and preschool).
For our city, which is experiencing both the consequences of the pandemic and homelessness, I hope there would be resolutions concentrating on these issues. Specifically, we need to expand housing and make sure affordable housing is developed throughout the whole city and not just in certain areas.
Resolutions do not always come to fruition, I know. But when 2021 ends, maybe we’ll be able to say we wouldn’t mind if that year stuck around a little longer.