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Heres to a bright and happy new year in 08

Here are our hopes, ideas and challenges for a better region in 2008. If you have some of your own resolutions, please feel free to respond to this editorial at email@lakeoswegoreview. com .

But let's all remember that good ideas are not enough - we all need to commit to get these and other priorities done.

* For Lake Oswegans: If there must be disagreements - and they will happen - let's hope they can be civil, productive and without name calling.

* Elections in Lake Oswego this year will be pivotal to the direction the city heads in the future. Among the spots up for a vote are the mayor and three council positions. Let us have quality people with quality ideas run for these positions. A city built on positives is a much better way to go than focusing on negatives.

* For the region: A clear transportation plan that includes expanded highway lanes, maintenance for existing roads and transit.

The plan must be achievable and able to support the regional economy and livability and improve the environment and public safety. While this is a tough test, it's past time that we have some clue where we're going and how we are going to get there.

* And while we're talking transportation, how about saving the Sellwood Bridge before it tumbles into the Willamette? If we could land a new bridge for Sauvie Island, surely we can do the same for Sellwood. When does Sauvie Island really have traffic issues, anyway, other than at Halloween?

* Oregon citizens need a clear signal from the Oregon State Board of Nursing that patient safety - not protecting incompetent nurses - is job No. 1.

* Same for the state parole board: Let's start keeping dangerous rapists and other criminals behind bars for their full prison terms.

* Greg Oden seems like a nice kid. Let's hope he can bounce back from microfracture knee surgery and play for the Trail Blazers next season - this really is a better area when the Blazers are winning.

* We're rooting for TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen to get the thugs off his trains and even to collect fares on occasion.

* The 2008 Oregon Legislature, meeting for the first time in annual session, must make good on its promise of a short, productive session when it meets in February.

* Let's work to make sure the region sustains - and expands - its leadership in sustainability.

* At some point, someone needs to film a good movie in Oregon.

* We need better relations between bicyclists and motorists on Portland and all metro streets.

* For local weather forecasters: Call at least one snowstorm correctly this year.

* For Oregon voters: At least one visit from the presidential nominees, and not so many initiatives to wade through in November.

* For local real estate agents: More buyers.

* We're wishing for deep snow on the mountain, but safer drivers on all area roadways.

* For Oregon residents serving in Iraq and Afghanistan: a speedy and safe return home.

Happy New Year.