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The annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Waterfront had a 9pm fireworks show that lit up Rainbow Harbor to coincide with an East Coast countdown for 2019.

I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions.

But since it is the end of the year, here’s a resolution: Do the Right Thing.

Let’s do the right thing, starting right now. We usually know what to do.

Writer Garrison Keillor in “Lake Wobegone Days” said, “Knowing right from wrong is the easy part. Knowing is not the problem."

Keillor was one of the people caught up in Me Too movement, so maybe it’s not so easy knowing what to do. But knowing what to do is a subject for another time.

Recently, I was presented with a couple situations and I think I did the right thing.

While walking to my car in an underground parking structure, I found a $20 bill on the floor. I picked it up, looked around and there was no one in sight.

There also was no office, or lost and found for this parking structure. Just what seemed liked acres of parked cars with a ramp at one end and staircases in the middle and the other end.

$20. Somebody would miss that. I know I would. That’s a nice meal at Chipotle or some other fun place. Or drinks for some friends.

After some thought, I decided to donate the money to a charity, which I did.

I just didn’t like the karmic downside of spending it on myself.

Second, I ordered a present for a friend from Amazon. It was an old-fashioned movie slate, the kind with a clapper on the top. It was something I would have liked for myself, but I was going to have more fun giving it to my friend.

When I opened the shipping box, there were two boxes of the same item. When I lifted up the first box, I could see the prepaid shipping label, complete with barcode, taped to the second package. Somehow, due to either human error or automation error, both boxes were sent to me.

It seemed unlikely that the tracking system would ever figure out where the missing package was. So I could have kept it, which I did think about.

However, it was another simple choice. I put the item back on the original shipping box and took it and the shipping label to the post office. The guy will get his order as well, perhaps a day or two late.

Not monumental issues, like, say lying to the FBI, but still it was easy to know the right thing to do and almost as easy to do it.

And by the way, I started using biodegradable straws. I couldn’t find them in a store, so I had to order them from Amazon: $8.99 for 200. They taste different than plastic ones and they soften up pretty quickly in hot liquids, but it also is the right thing to do.

So, let’s all try to do the right thing in 2019. Happy New Year.

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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