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Wish list for 2013

If you’re reading this, which I predict you are, then the end of the world didn’t occur Friday. Perhaps the Mayan calendar was flawed (I heard it didn’t take into account for leap years) or the idea was conceived by someone who didn’t have anything better to do. Either way, the world as we know it continues on.
But as we prepare to begin a new year, are there things we’d like to see changed? I asked the newsroom staff what they would like to see happen in 2013. I have to say, I agree with nearly everything they said. (My loyalty to Purdue keeps me from wanting a national title for anyone but the Boilermakers.) I would add that I’d like to see our elected officials ‘ at each level of government ‘ work together and incorporate compromise into the way they deal with issues rather than operate on political partisanship. I would think the ‘side’ that takes this initiative first would gain much public support.
Also, I’d like to see Harrison Countians be more pro-active rather than reactive. For example, there’s been numerous complaints about the extension of Pacer Drive behind the Old Capitol Centre and the Crandall-Lanesville Road project. I, for one, don’t want to see another Landmark Avenue situation. Planning ahead for development not only attracts businesses, it allows us to be in the driver’s seat for controlling how the growth will impact the community.
Here is Ross Schulz’s take on 2013:
Let’s start with the things I don’t want to see in 2013.
I do not want to see another mass shooting of any kind, particularly at a school.
I don’t want to see the country go careening off the fiscal cliff causing higher taxes for all.
Leading off the things I do want to see is the national economy finally turn around. The recession technically ended in 2009, but I haven’t seen much change in the right direction since then.
In the world of sports, I want to see the Louisville Cardinals bring home their third national title in April. Indiana fans should want this as well, since the last two times the Cardinals won a title the Hoosiers followed suit the next year.
I’d also like to see Tiger Woods compete in the major championships and make a run at Jack Nicklaus’ record. Nothing would spur more interest in the sport. (And Tiger’s not getting any younger).
Locally, I want to see work begin on two economic development projects in Lanesville. One, the sanitary sewer system project that will make the interchange area viable to all businesses, and the other being the distribution center sought by a company through a potential deal with the county’s Economic Development Corp.
It would also be nice to finally see shovel hit dirt on the New Salisbury sanitary sewer project for the existing and future businesses in the area known as the crossroads of Harrison County. The project would allow business to flourish in the area.
Alan Stewart added the following for the new year:
I’m not sure if my wishes for 2013 are the result of recent events, or I’m just getting old, but negativity has to go.
Unless you attach your birth name to your comment, I want to see negativity end in Live Wire. If you wouldn’t stand on the corner of Walnut and Capitol wearing a sandwich-board sign with your comment on it, do everyone a favor and just keep your thoughts to yourself.
On that same line of thinking, online comments shouldn’t be anonymous. Don’t be gutless. Be a man (or a woman) and put your name behind your thoughts no matter which site you post them. If you refuse to list your name, after you’ve typed a comment, walk away for five or 10 minutes and return. Re-read what you said and consider the ramifications of clicking ‘send.’
Harrison County’s Republican Party sent out two negative mailers during this year’s general election. In my book, it was two negative flyers too many. I’ve always been a believer that you should convince me why I should vote for you, not why I shouldn’t vote for someone else.
I want to see racism and bullying in Harrison County become a thing of the past. I’d love to see the Martin Luther King Jr. service, on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Corydon, jam-packed.
I want to see the students who took part in Rachel’s Challenge at Corydon Central and South Central high schools really stand up for other students who are getting picked on.
I want the only crowd noise at sporting events to be that of encouragement and not the berating of coaches and/or officials.
Keeping with the theme of positivity, I want more people to take pride in their community. Harrison County has plenty to offer. Get off the couch and visit a park. Go to the satellite sites of the county library. Walk the Indian Creek Trail. Spend time reading a book on the square in downtown Corydon.
I want people to do at least one random act of kindness each week. There are more than 39,000 people living in Harrison County. Imagine our little corner of the world if half that many people helped someone else week in and week out. Imagine the changes that could take place if more of us put others and their needs before our own.
So, from me, Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, as you prepare to start with a fresh calendar, think about what you’d like to see occur during those 365 days. Then, do your part to help make the world a better place.
From all of us, we hope you have a prosperous New Year.