We’ve long since given up on developing personal New Year’s resolutions, figuring the time to begin improving our life is at the moment, whatever time of year it is. No sense waiting for some arbitrary flip of the calendar. (OK, we still need to drop a few pounds, we’ll resolve that.)

Still, with a new year upon us, we would be remiss not to throw out some more encouraging resolutions for Trinity and its residents. We note there's many local groups focused on some of these issues, at various stages of answers.

So here they are, in no particular order:

► Among the many issues Trinity needs to resolve is its housing issue. Rentals are next to impossible to find. New home construction is almost non-existent. It's time to break the logjam and get creative. K housing (self-built) has been batted around for at least the past decade. Tiny house villages are becoming popular throughout the West and offer a nice entry-level option for singles and couples.

On a related note, a resolution to the county’s homeless problem is long overdue. Those who simply need and want a roof over their head should have options for that, as well as help and resources to move forward. Those homeless due to drug addiction and/or mental health problems should be sent off to receive the help they need.

► Businesses throughout Trinity County suffered a tough decade in the 2010s — road construction, drought and fires all contributed to stagnant or declining tourism levels throughout much of the decade. Then came the 2020s and the COVID pandemic, which shows no signs of going away anytime soon. For many of our businesses, staying open (without illogical government-mandated closures), tourism and drive-through traffic is what puts them in the black. Residents should resolve to shop local whenever possible. Businesses should resolve to stay open during their posted hours.

► Speaking of the populous, we were surprised — as was just about everyone else — to see a nearly 17% increase in population (vs. 2010) for Trinity County when 2020 Census numbers were released. That increase, though, was centered almost exclusively in the Pines, while most of the longstanding communities throughout Trinity suffered decreases.

► Promote Trinity. We know there are those working to revive the county’s economy beyond cannabis and make it more attractive to businesses, retirees and families, so that the county can boom once again. Let’s resolve to promote Trinity County at every opportunity.

► And speaking of prospective boom, let’s hope those trying hard to create a vibrant, legal cannabis industry in Trinity County have their voices heard while recognizing the industry’s impact requires solid regulation. The state has had a bumpy ride rolling out the new legal industry, and the county has been even bumpier. It’s time to fix that.

And let’s also resolve that those not playing by the rules are dealt with strongly and severely. A legal industry has little chance of getting off the ground with a booming black market undercutting their efforts.

► Trinity again experienced a number of large, devastating fires. Hopefully state and federal officials become more proactive in creating fuel breaks and on forest thinning. Perhaps a more holistic effort — think herds of wild horses chomping away on the grassy overgrowth — needs to be included. Likewise, governmental entities should allow and encourage wider utility rights-of-way, all of the above things we’ve endorsed for quite some time.

► Likewise, Trinity is overdue to pay more attention and become actively involved in its greatest treasure — the natural environment in which we live. Residents and government officials alike should resolve to be more active in protecting these great resources, including our lakes, streams, rivers and wildlife. That means coming down hard on poachers, polluters and water thieves.

► It’s another big election year, and with that comes the good, the bad and the ugly. National politics aside (which are bound to be ugly), let Trinity resolve to conduct its elections in a professional, ethical manner in which high-spirited debate centers around the issues and attributes of candidates and measures. There is much to discuss; let’s do so in an intelligent and respectful manner.

► Lastly, let’s again resolve to make this a fun, productive year throughout the county. It’s been a while.

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Truth First

Yeah, you lost me with your position on the cannabis issue. All the areas you cite as needing improvements here are in fact stymied by the scourge of grow operations in this county, legal and otherwise.

Rather, Trinity needs to establish itself as a sanctuary for the anti-pot movement, setting an example that perhaps the rest of the Emerald Triangle, and the state, can follow. Those who call that position naive are the scumbag growers themselves and/or their brain damaged weed-head customers. The supes can and should take action now to make this a reality. Imagine the boon to property values, tourism and business investment—the kind not directly dependent on the marijuana market—to name just a few.

There's a reason we haven't been able to profit off the grow operations sprouting up around the county in recent years, and it's a very simple one to explain: Pot is not medicine; it's a vice, which is something that has its roots in immorality, no matter how you choose to define it. By its very nature, it's bound to fail, just as substances abusers fail when they become dependent, which is always sooner rather than later. As evidenced by the harm caused to society by mind-altering substances ever since the Boomers set out to legitimize and normalize them back in the '60s, so too will this substance cause harm to anything it touches. For any government to try and monetize such an industry and expect the system to flourish as a result is truly a house built on sand.

Like so many in society these days, the proponents of this movement are powered by wishful thinking, eschewing logic and lacking critical thinking skills, evidently. Ultimately, the normal people will win, because we always do. It's just that, sometimes common sense takes a while.

Stop the Green Scourge now. It's still not too late.

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