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Letters: High hopes aired for new year
Jan 04, 2014 | 1326 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dear Editor, 

Happy New Year!

I always enjoy this time of year, and I sincerely hope that it is a wonderful season for all of you.  Susan joins me in sending our best wishes.

It is also a good time to think about what will happen in the coming year.   I did that, and below you will find a few of my hopes for the coming year:

 Ґ More national political leaders will value solutions over political posturing, even if it requires compromise.

 Ґ The Utah Legislature and the Governor will take more than miniscule steps to increase educational financial support.

 Ґ The Utah State Legislature will use the current “surplus” to start moving aggressively to address those education funding needs.

 Ґ We will learn from the Swallow debacle:  Just trusting political leaders is naivete.  Strong ethical requirements in Utah (and elsewhere) must be instituted.

 Ґ The “Count My Vote” initiative will achieve the required number of signatures and be  accepted by Utah citizens.

Ґ Utah students will continue the improvement demonstrated in recent improved graduation rates.

Ґ Educators will feel appreciated for their daily service to Utah children!

I recognize it is an optimistic list.   If only a few of these see progress, it will be a success.  If all bear fruit, it would be a miracle.  If none of them see significant inroads, I will be disappointed.

But this time of year is a time of hope, and I am hopeful!

Again, Happy New Year!


Kim Burningham


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