WILKES-BARRE — It’s that time to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018. Each year, we anticipate a new beginning by promising to be better people, to lose those extra pounds, to take care of ourselves, to work harder, to be nicer to one another.
Then we get in our car and blow the horn when the person in front of us is texting at a stop light, or we offer the Hawaiian salute to a person who may or may not have done something to offend us, or we fly off the handle when we do something that we must absolutely blame on someone else.
Yes, dear readers, sometimes being a human being is a challenge, but we must persevere.
A young child offered his mom a New Year’s “revolution” the other day: “Mommy, maybe you shouldn’t swear so much.”
A simple statement, filled with optimism, hope and the reality of truth.
So with all sincerity, optimism and hope, we offer some New Year’s “revolutions” for 2018:
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta — To rack up frequent flier miles on Air Force One as he and the president travel across Pennsylvania on the Barletta for U.S. Senate campaign.
Carl Beardsley, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport executive director — To announce the arrival of a new airline to offer service to Florida to replace the departed Allegiant Air.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey — To get Democratic voters — lots of Democratic voters — to cast their ballots in 2018, proving that the 2016 General Election was an aberration.
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon — To be Grand Marshal in any parade in Hazleton.
Plymouth Borough Council — To make sure all fires are doused in the town.
Dallas School District — To reach agreement on a 20-year contract with the teachers, automatically renewed, requiring no negotiations.
WW II veteran Jim Walsh — To see American flags hanging everywhere, every day, not just on patriotic holidays.
Luzerne County D.A. Stefanie Salavantis — To announce arrests in all unsolved homicide cases.
Penn State football fans — To humbly enjoy and appreciate that the Nittany Lions are one of the top programs in the nation.
Notre Dame football fans — To graciously accept that the Fighting Irish just ain’t what they used to be under the late, great Ara Parseghian.
All area school directors — To always make decisions in the best interests of their respective districts and not for their political benefit.
Homeless people — To be respected and to get the help they need to stay warm, nourished and safe.
Will Beekman, F.M. Kirby Center — To continue doing all you do and to say “no” to those job offers when they come, unless it’s to manage the New York Mets.
Larry Newman, Diamond City Partnership — For the downtown to see more and more of that “progressive revitalization” with a major announcement regarding the vacant Hotel Sterling site.
John Augustine, president/CEO of Penn’s Northeast — For Amazon II to announce Northeastern Pennsylvania as its future site. But if that doesn’t happen, for all the economic development groups to use the proposal Augustine’s team put together to effectively compete for major companies looking to relocate.
Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George — To somehow bring peace and unity to the city’s police department.
Frank “Scooter” Cerreta — World titles for the New York Knicks, Giants and Yankees.
Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski — To get all his legislation passed and to keep singing with Joe Nardone at those dances.
State Sen. Lisa Baker — To be given serious consideration for a future run at the governor’s office.
Sen. John Yudichak and Rep. Gerald Mullery — For these two lifelong friends to continue making their mark on Harrisburg and Pennsylvania.
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright — For his uncanny ability to get to the heart of the issues to rub off on his colleagues in Congress.
President Donald Trump — To stop tweeting and to continue to implement his agenda in Washington by working both sides of the political aisle.
Hillary Clinton — To enjoy retirement by writing books, speaking at conferences and walking in the woods.
John Maday, president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association — To grow membership and to maintain his incredible high level of energy for promoting the city and the region.
U.S. Congress — For Republicans and Democrats to work together for the betterment of the nation and not their individual or party’s best interests.
Political candidates — To run for office without resorting to the typical rhetoric or making promises that will never be kept.
Facebook users — More discretion in choosing what you post — please! For example, we don’t need a picture of your lunch to get through our day.
Abandoned animals — To find safe, loving homes so they can deliver their unconditional love to their new parents.
Sports fans in sports bars — To cheer, cheer, cheer for your favorite teams, but not in an obnoxious or offensive manner.
WVW Class of 1968 — To enjoy your 50th reunion — what!?! Where did that time go?
William J. Clarke Jr., local political activist — To keep being who he is and to always be a part of the discussion.
Human beings everywhere on Earth — To be just that, human to each other, helping to bring peace and harmony everywhere.
All idealists — To always believe that it’s so much better than being practical.
Happy New Year!