Thumbs up and down

Dec. 30, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

Thumbs Up: New Year’s resolutions

With the beginning of a new year just several days away, it’s time for thinking about our New Year’s resolutions.

Among those reported in Friday’s Herald included: “To continue to walk as close to the Lord as I can,” “Do a little more work around the house,” “I’ll go with an old classic: to lose weight;” and “To eat all of our fruits and vegetables.”

Resolutions are a great idea, as they give us goals as we strive to improve upon our lives.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be, we are hopeful that 2013 will be a great year for one and all.

Thumbs Down: Holiday crime

While many businesses and individuals had some time to relax during the holidays, law enforcement officials had to stay alert as crime does not stop during the holidays.

As Sanford Police Sgt. Harold Layton told The Herald: There are more cases of shoplifting during the holiday season.

“We have been fairly fortunate this season,” said Lee County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Johnson. “But our big crimes are typically break-ins and burglaries.”

Crime is a shame at any time, but especially during a holiday season when it should be a time of joy and happiness.

Thumbs Up: R.G. Beal

There are many individuals who have served in key roles over the years. One of those individuals has well served the Goldston Fire Department.

For 49 years, R.G. Beal has served an active role with that department. He has won Fireman of the Year honors in 1984 and again for 2012.

“It is an honor to be Fireman of the Year,” he says. “I was shocked to receive this honor twice. It is an honor to even be nominated. I can’t go like I used to, but I can go get a truck when we get a call and haul water.”

Our world should be grateful for men like R.G. Beal who has been diligent in his work with the Goldston Fire Department.

Congratulations, Mr. Beal, on your much deserved honor.

Thumbs Up: Displays of Christmas

Christmas lights and traditions help to spark the holiday spirit within each of us.

Most churches had Christmas programs and musicals to remind us of the true meaning of the season, to recognize the birth of Jesus Christ.

Some churches even had live nativity scenes, such as the one at Edgewood Presbyterian Church.

There have been many beautiful display of lights for the holidays, including the ever popular show on Christmas Lane brought to life by the Jackson family.

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year, thanks to the many people who help to keep the spirit glowing.