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2012 brings time for hope

In a few days, it will be a new year. While no one knows what’s in store for any of us, the newsroom staff has compiled a list of wishes for 2012.
Alan Stewart: I hope the economy gets rolling, again. Unemployment benefits are at or near the end for many people (my wife included), and jobs are still in a bear-market trend.
I hope Occupy protesters go back to occupying wherever it is they came from instead of living rent-free wherever they see fit.
I hope more businesses and shoppers see the benefits of the downtown Corydon district, but I also hope the pricey road installation behind Walmart leads to an influx of businesses taking root in 2012.
I hope Michigan football wins its bowl game against Virginia Tech and continues its climb back to relevancy in college football.
I hope Kentucky doesn’t approve expanded gaming.
I hope the Sherman Minton Bridge opens on time and, after doing so, that @SherMintBridge stays alive on Twitter.
I hope the Kardashians just go away.
Finally, I hope for peace on Earth.
Ross Schulz: The peaceful transfer of power in the United States is one of the proud moments of the world’s leading democratic country, but that doesn’t mean the path to that moment is always civil.
Next year, a presidential election year, will no doubt bring a fiery battle from each side of the political spectrum. A few prime local races could also provide some heat between candidates. Whether na-tional or county, let’s hope candidates and their supporters keep it clean and have cordial, competitive races next May and November.
The Harrison County Council in 2011 had to use a portion of its available community fund money, to the tune of $1.3 million, to bring the county general fund out of the red. Hopefully, in 2012, the council, auditor and its financial adviser find a way to avoid a similar problem.
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor: With the changing of the old calendar to a new one comes the potential to make things happen.
One change I’d like to see occur in the new year is stiffer penalties for those who neglect and/or abuse animals. If we’re going to be serious about animal control, the court system needs to support law enforcement officials who spend hours on these cases.
It took Harrison County nearly 30 years to get an animal control facility. Let’s now work on animal control ‘ including educating the public about the importance of spaying and neuturing animals, as well as assisting those who need financial aid ‘ and properly staff the facility so a difference is being made here.
The political candidates seem to have entered the arena much earlier than usual. That’s fine, if they truly are trying to educate voters about their position. But, in 2012, let’s keep negativity out of the campaign venues; instead, let’s have the politicians tell us what they intend to do, if elected, to improve the lives of Americans. In turn, Americans might become more trusting of politicians and do their part to keep America the greatest nation in the world.
From all of us here at O’Bannon Publishing Co., may you have a prosperous new year!