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Here’s to a happy 2007

A new year represents a tabula rasa, a clean slate, which is what prompts so many of us to quit smoking, start dieting, or otherwise make a fresh start.

But for better or worse, there are always plenty of leftovers from the previous year still hanging around (and over our heads) when we get up on Jan.1. While we can’t ask for a fresh start, we can always hope for improvements.

To that end, here is The Tribune’s wish list for 2007:

• That those responsible for the deaths of Peter Schnellhardt, Robert Tower, and Trake Richter are brought to justice. We also hope 2007 sees no citizens of Williams Lake - or for that matter, the Cariboo-Chilcotin - are killed by their fellow man.

• That the province kicks in enough money (or changes its ridiculous funding formula) so that School District 27 does not have to close eight schools. Students, especially in rural areas, should not be warehoused or have to travel great distances to schools. More than that, rural schools are much more than collections of classrooms. They are important to their neighbourhoods and communities as well.

• That the students at our schools are safe and are not exposed to violence, especially with weapons like firearms, air guns, and knives.

• That the TimberWolves can stay in Williams Lake. They play their hearts out, they’re a great team to watch, and they do have loyal fans. If the ‘Wolves go, we doubt another team will take their place on the ice. And really, do we want another team? Now that a playoff berth is almost assured, we hope to see the TimberWolves excel in the playoffs.

• That our new events centre, doesn’t end up costing taxpayers an arm and a leg, that the TimberWolves can take up residence, and there is plenty of ice time to go around.

• That 2007 is the year either see sod turn for Wal-Mart, or hear for sure it’s not coming. We can’t take much more of hearing “Big news on Wal-Mart next week!” We welcome the jobs a Wal-Mart would bring, but we worry for the small businesses in town, too. Either way, it would be nice to know this year if Williams Lake will get the megastore.

• That the Communities in Bloom and Winter Lights volunteers are able to visit many more gardens and homes this year, and take more tours. We know those volunteers spend the better part of the year preparing for the Communities in Bloom and Winter Lights competitions, and we hope they — and the community — are rewarded with top honours.

• That shutters on businesses don’t become the downtown’s new look. We much prefer cowboy mural idea.

• That Mary MacLeod — and anyone else who’s going to reach that milestone — has a wonderful 100th birthday!

• That the city and others are able to lobby enough to keep Deni House open, if only because residents don’t want to move. There is nothing inherently wrong with privately-run care facilities, but if the residents want to stay, they should be allowed.

• That the seniors currently living in Deni House are taken care of, no matter where they end up. Our senior citizens are highly-valued members of our community, and we owe them excellent care in their golden years.

• That the Vancouver Canucks not from Sweden can take some of the scoring load off the Sedins and Naslund. Luongo is great, but you can’t win if you can’t score.

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