Happy New Year to the Good Guys (12/31/09)

After looking back over the past year, I made a list of some of the kinds of people I praised in these editorials:

Good teachers. Dedicated cops, firefighters and other public servants. Lawmakers who truly served their constituents. Hard-working business owners. Athletes and other public figures who used their talents to elevate our concept of human potential. 

Then I made another list of the kinds of people I criticized: 

Lazy teachers more concerned with their job security than their students. Public servants who valued union benefits over public service. Lawmakers who knew little about service and less about ethics. Business people who made millions, then pleaded for government bailouts. And athletes and public figures who demanded the spotlight in their moments of glory, but demanded "privacy" when they misbehaved. 

What do these two lists tell me? That it's not what you do for a living that makes you a winner or loser, but how you conduct yourself. And that it doesn't take a big name or a grand title to make a real, positive difference in this world, just as no amount of position, privilege or fame will make you worthwhile if you're really a skunk at heart. 

So let's all take a moment to wish a Happy New Year to all the good people in the world. And let's hope we're always wise enough to know which ones they are.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.