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Our wishes for the new year

The optimism accompanying a brand-new year too often proves misplaced. But before 2013 becomes tarnished by reality, let’s dream about what could be — as opposed to what will be. Here are just a few of our wishes for this still very young year:

n For the Forest Grove City Council: that there are no surprise problems with the Times-Litho property and that a partner quickly emerges to develop at least part of the site.

n For the Banks City Council: a truly awesome set of applicants for the city manager position.

n For the Cornelius City Council: continued support for an ambitious new library building that would include needed housing for low-income seniors.

n For Washington County workers: that Nike fully justifies the support it received from the Oregon Legislature by creating more than 500 new jobs.

n For Intel, which still actually manufactures things in Oregon, its own special session in Salem.

n Here's hoping Washington County officials get their long-overdue $12 million in income tax revenue promised by the state as part of the Gain Share program — for which the county waived $83 million in property taxes to attract new jobs.

n For western Washington County school boards: state leaders who truly stand up to fund public education and community support of a possible levy to keep our quality educators in the classroom.

n For baseball fans in Beaverton, Vancouver and Milwaukie : an all-day TriMet pass so they can hop a train or bus and come watch Single A ball in Hillsboro, which snagged the team they tried to land.

n For everyday bus and train riders: an end to posturing by TriMet and the transit union and a contract that helps control the agency’s budget problems while still providing employees with decent wages and benefits.

n Meanwhile, let’s hope Metro and its supporters wake up to the fact that downtown Portland is benefiting from the emphasis on mass transit far more than Washington and Clackamas counties, which have growing congestion problems that need to be honestly addressed.

n We all should hope the gun debate quickly focuses on practical solutions that include reasonable, enforceable restrictions on high-capacity firearms and effective interventions for those with mental problems.

n We encourage more people to attend live cultural events to support Washington County's burgeoning arts industry.

n For Portland Community College: the right person to fill the large void being left by departing PCC President Preston Pulliams — and that means not only someone with the skills to run the state’s largest institution of higher learning, but also a leader like Pulliams who understands our community and is willing to commit for the long term.

n Here’s wishing for success as healthcare providers adjust to monumental changes on the way for the local, state and national medical system.

n Along those lines, let’s hope everybody tries to do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise — something as simple as walking — and drinks plenty of water each day in 2013. After all, that’s the best healthcare plan there is.



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