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Every columnist looks forward to the holidays as a chance to write a "perennial" – a column that takes the concerns of the present and mixes them up with more important and more spiritual themes. You know, like "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." So of course the natural thing to do is to put forth a series of New Year's resolutions that are at once witty and reflective, insightful and charming. But I can't do that, because I can't stop thinking about those New Jersey cops. For those of you who missed the story, it took place at a drawbridge between Jersey City and Kearney. The bridge goes over the Hackensack River, and the middle section gets raised every now and then to let boat traffic go through. Normally, there are mechanical barriers that keep traffic from going when the bridge is open; a traffic accident took those out recently. So the last few times they've had to open the bridge, the bridge operators have called Kearney cops, and they've set up flares and stopped t...