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Imagine vs. Auld Lang Syne?
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Dear Editor: 

As I sit and ponder my new year resolution for 2020, I can’t think of any song more appropriate than John Lennon and Yoko Ono song “Imagine“ to welcome in the new year. These lyrics are so far above man’s reality.  It is a biological and spiritual impossibility. Despite it all, I prefer it over Auld Lang Syne.  John Lennon and Yoko Ono said it most elegantly “Imagine all the people, living in peace”.  No nations, religion, gender, race or color. Imagine no reason to kill or die.  Imagine no possession and people living for today. “

Now, Compare Imagine  to Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns. “Should old acquaintance be forgot -- And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld Lang syne?”

So, what is the purpose of a new year song. Is it to sing about memories of days gone by or  a welcome to the new year of endless possibilities and hopes? 

I would love to believe the former. As John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote of a higher conscience back in 1970, its message will forever resolute in time. 

A future place where mankind does not see nations, religion gender, race or color difference. So, as it was written, “I hope one day, the world will be as one”

Donna Gamble


Happy New Year 2020

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