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January 3, 2013

Our View: Things we’d like to see in 2013

We are now firmly and officially into 2013 and we have two options facing us — peer into the new year with worry and trepidation, or with optimism.

We prefer optimism. So here are a few things we’d like to see in 2013:

  • A reason to forget there ever was a “fiscal cliff.”
  • A truly well-informed electorate that both understands and accepts the fact that this nation needs to make serious adjustments to maintain the level of government support it now expects; and elected leaders who are more responsive to the realities of our national situation than to their biggest donors.
  • An end to the tragic massacres involving crazed gunmen and innocent bystanders.
  • An end to name-calling among political rivals. Is it too late to work toward George H.W. Bush’s “kinder, gentler nation”?
  • A better Arab Spring. One where the challenges of democratization also come with protections for those not wielding the power.
  • Legislative breakthroughs on issues that shouldn’t be so difficult to solve if only the political parties could work together and refrain from name-calling: One good place to start — immigration law.
  • With one party (the Democrats) now firmly holding the power in Minnesota government, a year in which the public’s business actually gets done, and gets done on time. And if it doesn’t, no excuses.
  • An end to the drought with ample spring and summer rains (along with just the right amount of sunshine) for farmers.
  • A mild tornado season. One that won’t leave us with much to remember, or regret, years later.
  • Another great run for a Minnesota State University athletic team. After the MSU women won a national championship a few years ago, and the MSU football team made its great run toward a national title this year, we love getting spoiled by success.
  • Another successful Mankato Marathon. The event drew 3,800 runners in 2011 and 4,064 in 2012. It also brings in nearly a half-million dollars in new revenue each year.
  • Continued collaborative improvement between Mankato and North Mankato city officials.
  • More delights for young and old at Mankato’s Sibley Park for the Kiwanis Holiday Lights.
  • Continued progress on the jobs front in the Mankato area. Statistics show that area employment rose by 2.2 percent in November, matching the increase in statewide job growth. This year, let’s beat the state average consistently.
  • More books and newspapers read; more exercise programs started; fewer glazed doughnuts per capita consumed.

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