Lance Scranton: Christmas wish list
Santa is checking his list, the reindeer are ready and soon, we’ll be celebrating gifts, holiday cheer and a few days off. Santa has quite a few “helpers” this time of year, and as one of his many confidants, I made sure the bearded wonder wouldn’t forget some important presents this Christmas Eve as he makes his appointed rounds.
Our presidential candidates: Clarity — So voters can make informed decisions. Too many candidates with too many different messages (most about victimization and entitlement). Say what you mean and mean what you say! The New Year will bring new fears and concerns but if one of the many hopefuls can wake us up to a reality of strength and courage, they will win big in 2016.
Our president: Consideration — It’s been seven years and things don’t really seem much better (you promised hope and change). Maybe an admission that talk is cheap. Almost every institution (law enforcement, universities, public schools, families) that seek to make our country stronger are questioning their value and importance as part of a historic stabilizing force in our country.
Our state politicians: Courage — To tackle the issues that affect the whole state and local economies (no complaints from Denver about the taxes they collect from the coal and power industry). Most of our state political decision-making rests in the eastern side of the state but without a strong Western Slope, things don’t look good economically.
Our local city and county politicians: Creativity — While fighting for oil, gas and coal are admirable battles, Craig can be more than a town that reacts to every anti fossil-fuel fanatic that throws money at lawsuits designed to shut down mines and power plants. Craig needs a “check-up from the neck-up” and we’re counting on each of you to show us the way to making a town with a huge upside realize our potential.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Our local school board: Consistency — Our new board appears intent on a thorough review of how we do things in our schools. A critical eye is being focused on what will make us a better educational system going forward. Teacher retention (yes, salaries are important), learning and leadership are the hallmarks of effective public education. Tough decisions will have to be made and this board seems intent on making some.
Our local citizens: Confidence — Craig is a great place to live, with big blue skies, wide open spaces, people who know what hard work is, a welcoming attitude, and exactly the right mix of young and old who all desire we become a town that makes beautiful Northwest Colorado a place that people proudly call home.
Merry Christmas and remember that the best gift we can give to anyone is listening, especially during the holiday season.
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