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12/30/2013 3:49:00 PM
Needs for the new year
I'm simply not wise enough to go out on a limb and make predictions for what will be coming down the pike in the new year. I leave such chores to my much wiser and bolder counterparts and their crystal balls.
What I will do is offer some suggestions for what needs to be accomplished in the new year.
I'm certainly not saying these needs will be fulfilled, but these are things that if the means and opportunities are there, we'll hopefully see them happen. If not, perhaps another chance will come down the road in the future.
So, with 2014 arriving - or about to arrive, depending on when you read this - let's take a look at new year needs both far and wide:
•  World peace. OK, I know that will never happen in a year, or probably ever, but it's certainly a need. Look on the bright side, I was asking for peace in the Middle East at this time last year and while things will never be quiet in the Middle East, we certainly haven't heard about uprisings lately like we did a year ago.
•  A business filling the former Towlerton Motors building. Count me among those who believe that a taxpaying business would be the suitable owner of the former Towlerton Motors building. I was hopeful that might happen in 2013, but it didn't. I'll be hopeful again that that happens in 2014.
•  A new canopy at the Island Park baseball field. That's a need and expect something to happen sometime in the next few months. The Windom Baseball Association has committed to seeking funds for a new canopy to cover the center grandstand. Whether it's completed yet this baseball season, or will be ready for the 2015 season remains to be seen, but there's a need there and it's a good bet that project will get done within the next two years.
Expect some other smaller but needed changes to happen at the Island Park baseball field once winter has officially left and spring has arrived.
•  An improved Minnesota Twins team. While we're on the subject of baseball, improvement on Minnesota's professional front is certainly needed. The Twins have opened the pocket book and purchased a couple of free agent pitchers who figure to give the club a boost and they traded away Ryan Doumit for another pitcher. We can only hope it will give the Twins a better chance of winning in 2014. I'm not even shooting for .500. I'm just hoping they don't lose at least 90 games in 2014.
•  A healthcare fix? I haven't seen what's coming for healthcare under President Obama's and the Democrats' Affordable Healthcare Act, but I know it has already affected my insurance. All indications are that it's going to cost me significantly more in 2014 and I'm not able to keep my old plan as President Obama had promised. I'm having trouble seeing where "affordable" fits into this partisan legislation. My only hope is there is a fix on the horizon. Unfortunately, I suspect "the fix" can - but probably won't - come at the polls in November. In any case, a healthcare fix to the fix is a major need.
•  More weight loss. OK, this is a personal one and I'm going to pull a plug for River Valley Fitness here. I joined the new fitness center exactly a year ago this week and I dropped about 45 pounds. (I know, what's 45 pounds off a ton - I beat you to the punchline.) I've put about five back on, but I'm hoping with the start of the new year, I can see the under side of 200 for the first time in a quarter century. That's not necessarily a need, although some doctors might argue with that, but it's a desire. We'll see what kind of will power I have in 2014, when it comes to avoiding trips to the refrigerator and pantry for those night time munchies.
•  Treating each other with respect and kindness. Hey, this is a need that I know we all can achieve. And I'm as guilty as anyone when it comes to getting a little huffy in tense situations. So, in 2014, let's just try to take a deep breath before deciding to say or do something we'll regret later. Or, maybe, just say to yourself, "Is this kind?" The world will be a much better place.
Happy new year!

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