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MBJ EDITORIAL: Hoping Christmas was merry and the New Year is happy

Cleaning up from Christmas is a ritual that can last for several days as the kids — and parents — play with their new toys in the living room before finally finding them a permanent home.
With that, we will stop saying Merry Christmas and begin to look forward with the greeting of  “Happy New Year.”
For all of the toasts and vows, it is easy to dismiss the new year as an artificial made-for-Champagne-tasting event. When we move past it — and our limited resolutions — quickly 2011 is going to be an important year for Mississippi.
We will barely have time to put away our party hats before we get them out again for the party that will be the inauguration of Phil Bryant as the governor of the Magnolia State. Meanwhile, former Gov.-to-be Haley Barbour will gassing up his plane for a trip to Miami to begin a lucrative nationwide stint of speaking engagements.
With cowboys boots firmly in place of wingtips at the mansion and the streets swept of soiree remnants, it is time for all of us to go back to the continuity of our lives, which these days is more challenging than it may have been previously.
We know, looking back, that we have lots on our tables that are integral to our economic growth and must be addressed in 2011 — like a broken education system and population in which more than a third of us are obese (more than 30 pounds overweight).
One thing the new year also always offers is possibility.
We’re all surging forward — some with more impetus than others. And now we have 2011 before us, with the opportunity to make the community of Mississippi a better place.


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