Editorial: 2014 in Bristol: Looking ahead..
A new year is a time for new beginnings. As we look ahead to 2014, here's our short wish list for the coming year:
- Closure for the victims and families affected by alleged sexual molestation by the Perry brothers over a couple of decades.
- A public/private partnership to manage the newly-created community center near the entrance of Colt State Park. We fear the pitfalls and cost of a municipally-run facility.
- A clean town beach, open for everyone's enjoyment all summer long, without a closure, like last year.
- A doubling of Bristol's recycling rate.
- Continued growth in the real estate market, with brisk sales at reasonable prices.
- An animal shelter that opens for business.
- A decent water supply for residents of the Poppasquash peninsula, to protect their homes from fire.
- Professional management for any leased town facility, such as the empty downtown school buildings.
- Continued success for Explore Bristol and its efforts to boost tourism, commerce and collaboration in Bristol.
- Breakthroughs in understanding why Bristol Warren teenagers have some of the highest drug and alcohol use rates in Rhode Island — and leadership from all corners to confront the issues head-on.
- Fiscal sanity when considering a maritime center for the old armory building off Thames Street.
- Fiscal conservatism when setting new spending levels for 2014-2015; a tax cut would be a great way to start a political campaign.
- Another successful, safe and dry week for the oldest Independence Day celebration in the nation.
- And health and happiness for all.