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Our hopes and wishes for a brighter new year

Post by TNT Editorial Board / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
December 31, 2012 4:44 pm

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Shake up that Etch A Sketch. A new year dawns – and so does hope that the world can move beyond the blunders, disappointments and nasty predicaments of 2012.
Some of our hopes for 2013:

• The drawdown of U.S. troops – including Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers – continues on course in Afghanistan. The bleeding ends.

• The Seahawks win the Super Bowl in February.

• Gov. Jay Inslee proves better at finding money for public schools than his campaign rhetoric suggested.

• Washington’s pot smokers obey the law that legalized marijuana – especially the parts about licensed sales, and keeping the drug out of sight and away from minors.

• Randy Dorn, the state superintendent of public schools, gives up the idea of suing the voters to stop charter schools.

• Lawmakers figure out that they can’t keep starving higher education without squeezing Washington’s economic future.

• The state figures out how to fund the extension of Highway 167 from Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma, and the construction of the cross-base highway from Frederickson to Interstate 5.

• Tacoma’s municipal unions join T.C. Broadnax’s effort to control city spending and preserve public services.

• Republicans start treating climate change as a scientific issue, not a partisan sledgehammer.

• After getting booted by the voters, former Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam fades into deserved obscurity.

• Afghans and Americans see unmistakable justice done for the appalling massacre of 16 Afghan villagers in March.

• Police solve the disappearance of Susan Powell, whose husband, Josh, murdered their two small boys and killed himself in February.

• Iran is persuaded or peacefully coerced into giving up its menacing nuclear program.

• America figures out how to make psychiatric treatment as easy to come by as a gun.

• Lawmakers, federal and state, expand background checks and take other reasonable measures to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the severely disturbed.

• Palestinians grow disenchanted with Hamas after recognizing that the terror regime can’t win them an inch of territory or a day of peace.

• Israel stops goading Palestinians with new West Bank settlements.

• Republicans acknowledge that Congress can’t write a responsible budget without new taxes; Democrats acknowledge that Congress can’t write a responsible budget without serious cuts in entitlements.

• To sequestrations, fiscal cliffs, unsustainable tax breaks, runaway spending and $1 trillion deficits, lawmakers of both parties say, “Never again.”

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