Originally Published: December 29, 2017 6:05 a.m.
The Friday Catchall:
• RESOLVE — Ready for a healthier new year? How about one that is better financially? I always find it ironic when people make New Year’s resolutions.
That’s because so many people don’t or cannot keep them.
Consider some facts, according to a WalletHub study of the places that are “best” and “worst” for keeping your resolutions: Fremont, California, has the lowest share of obese adults, 14.7 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 45.1 percent, while Fremont, California, also has the lowest share of delinquent debtors, 1.80 percent, which is seven times lower than in Tempe, Arizona, the city with the highest at 12.65 percent.
You get the idea. The study goes on to rank the places with the lowest unemployment (South Burlington, Vermont), lowest prevalence of adult binge- and heavy drinking (Charleston, West Virginia), and lowest share of adult smokers (San Jose, California).
I suppose they figure if you surround yourself with others who are more (or less) likely to do something, it affects your resolve.
Consider though, studies are studies. As a source stated in a recent Courier article on the safest cities (Prescott Valley being 12th safest in Arizona, and Prescott, No. 14), study results are entertaining and their methodologies (how the study was scored or done) are often flawed.
They often forget the human factor, not knowing what is inside every person’s heart.
How will you keep your New Year’s resolutions? Plain and simple, it is different for everyone. Some people do not find the needed motivation until they hit bottom, or something in their life is imminent.
That’s why telling those around you about your resolution (creating peer-pressure) helps. Also, counseling — talking it out with an unbiased third party — can tip the scales in your favor.
Want to stop something or lose/gain something in 2018? You also must change your circumstances and habits too.
Mine is to lose weight. There, between the Courier print edition and our website I just told several hundred thousand people. I will eat better (you know, watch every forkful as it approaches my mouth); actually, that entails changing my eating habits, what goes on that fork, and when/how often. And, I will help it along with 30 minutes of exercise, three or more times a week.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Now, how about you?!
• WORST DRIVERS? — A study by CarInsuranceComparison.com, ranks Arizona as second worst for its drivers (Montana was No. 1).
“Two of the deadliest driving behaviors, driving drunk and driving at dangerous speeds, are fortunately Arizona’s best rankings, tied for 15th place. Although 322 fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers and 307 with speeding as the cause is 629 worth of BAD making up their ‘best.’
“Ranked 6th in 2011 and 2015 and 8th last year, for having the worst drivers, Arizona made a big leap in the wrong direction to land in 2nd this year. Arizona’s drivers being careless behind the wheel is the main reason for their treacherous climb to the top of the list.”
Who cares? YOU should. At a minimum, your actions before driving and while behind the wheel affect others.
By the way, Prescott-area law enforcement are out doing their saturation patrols this weekend. Don’t drink and drive!
• SENATOR FANN — This just in from Phoenix: Senate President Steve Yarbrough has named Sen. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, to the Appropriations Committee.
Senator John Kavanagh will become chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, with Sen. Warren Petersen as vice chair. Fann and Sen. Sonny Borrelli are being added to Appropriations, to replace Sens. Lesko and Montenegro, the news release states.
Fann is ready.
“I would like to be considered for a leadership position next year, and this will give me the background necessary,” she said Thursday. “It will be more work, but you know me — I’ve never shied away from hard work.”
Go get ’em, Senator!
• PICK OF THE WEEK – (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): Whiskey Row New Year’s Eve “Boot Drop,” 6 p.m. Sunday until 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Day (Monday) in downtown Prescott. The boot drops at 10 p.m. and at midnight. Fireworks, live music, giveaways and food vendors. www.bootdrop.com.
Happy New Year!
Tim Wiederaenders is the Courier’s senior editor. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2032, or firstname.lastname@example.org.