After a year when Lake Oswego battled through various fronts all around the city, survived economic and housing woes that led many folks to fondly remember neighbors who were forced to move away and dealt with political rhetoric at all levels that seemed way too vicious, we hope better days are ahead in 2012.

Here are a few things we'd like to see happen in the coming year.

* For our community: Work together for the common good.

* For the Lake Grove area: More progress on a developing its own hub.

* For the Lake Oswego School District: Continued excellence on all fronts and the ability to work with all patrons for the best possible outcome during a period of tough decision making.

* For local military members and their families: A smooth transition home for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

* For local businesses: A booming start to the new year.

* For local Duck football fans: Continued success in the BCS bowls and no probe by the NCAA over alleged football shenanigans.

* For local Beaver football fans: A climb back up the ladder of success.

* For transportation peace of mind: Good manners and law-abiding drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

* For skiers: A good snowfall that stays in the mountains.

* For lawmakers in Salem: Get something done in your yearly sessions. Seriously, get a lot done. A lot.

* For the Occupy movement: To quote Lennon and McCartney, 'We'd all love to see the plan.'

* For Clackamas County: Make sure the citizens on the west side of the Willamette River feel like they are represented.

* For Metro President Tom Hughes: Prove that Metro can actually help solve serious problems by proposing some form of regional infrastructure financing assistance, perhaps in cooperation with the Community Investment Initiative that is studying the issue. Even if the proposal is not ultimately successful, you can show Metro is willing to take a chance by not merely offering voters uncontroversial Oregon Zoo and natural area ballot measures.

* For area baseball fans: A team. Any team. Maybe even a new stadium in Milwaukie.

* For Democratic 1st Congressional District candidate Suzanne Bonamici: Name a controversial Republican proposal you support to prove you are not merely a rubber stamp for Democratic Party special-interest groups.

* For Republican 1st Congressional District candidate Rob Cornilles: Name a controversial Democratic proposal you support to prove you are not merely a rubber stamp for Republican Party special-interest groups.

* And for the proponents/opponents of the Foothills project … the streetcar project… the West End Building … the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership … the North Anchor project … the Luscher Farm master plan … the LOIS project … and the many other city programs: The ability to sit down together in amiable conversation and agree on what you can and agree to disagree on what you can't. End the bashing, name calling, taunting and divisiveness. Somehow find a way to dial down the emotions and work together on what you can.

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