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Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 1:01 p.m. CDT

By now, many of you have already taken down your Christmas tree, put away all the ornaments and decorations, and finally discarded all the leftovers (and sweets) that won’t fit into your New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds and eat healthier. If that’s the path you’re on, you are a step (or several steps) ahead of me.

Quite frankly, I’m not in too much of a hurry to put things away. I guess I’m wanting to linger in the Christmas spirit for a few more days. While I’m not one of those people who will leave their tree up all year and decorate it with other seasonal items (hearts for Valentine’s Day, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, plastic eggs for Easter), I do want to savor the holiday memories for a while longer.

By the time you read this, 2014 will be well on its way. If you’re hosting a party, your refrigerator is already stocked, and if you’re heading out on the town or to another’s party, I know you’re preparing for a fun-filled evening to ring in 2014. Or maybe you’re just planning a quiet evening at home, watching that ball drop in New York City or looking forward to being sound asleep when 2013 turns into 2014. Either way, on behalf of the Bureau County Republican and myself, we wish you a new year filled with much happiness, good health and lots of love.

And just a reminder, if you are one of those party people this evening and plan on a few cocktails, please have a designated driver available. And if you’re hosting a party, please remember it’s your responsibility to make sure people are able to drive home. A good friend takes a good friend’s keys if they need to ... Have a good time!

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Goodness! Have you been reading about all the new laws enacted in our state for 2014? Wow! There are about 200 of them, and many apply to several of us. Ignorance of a new law won’t hold up in court, so it’s up to each of us to be apprised of what these new laws are. Check out our stories in today’s and past editions of the BCR.

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Our Winter 2013-14 Illinois Valley Living magazine is on the street. I hope you’re enjoying it. I’ve heard great comments so far. I’m always open to interesting ideas for this magazine. Don’t hesitate to send me an email at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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With the onset of a new year also comes the opportunity for the newspaper to re-evaluate itself and develop new features, programs and other items for your reading enjoyment. Because I so strongly believe this newspaper is nothing without its readership — both in print and online — I would like to extend an invitation for you to share your ideas, thoughts and comments about items you’d like to see in your hometown newspaper.

While some of your ideas may work ... and some ideas may not ... I will promise to seriously evaluate each and every one of them. As I always say, you are important to the BCR, and without your input, it becomes a guessing game of what you’d like to read and find in your newspaper.

Maybe you want more feature stories. Perhaps you’d like to read more investigative reports. Would you like to see more photos/less photos? How are we doing with our community news? As we continue planning for the future, now is the time to let me know. Just send me an email at tsimon@bcrnews.com. I appreciate your input.

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Thought for New Year’s Eve: “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Oprah Winfrey.

Thought for New Year’s Day: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley.

Thought for the day after New Year’s Day: “Take a nap!” Terri Simon

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I hope 2014 is filled with everything you hold most dear, my friends. Happy New Year! And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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