Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goodbye to 2006

There is nothing we can do about the past. It's history. But we can do something about the here and now and also have a confident expectancy about the future.

It's high time that Tulsans forget and forgive about past perceptions of mismanagement, lack of leadership and white elephant public projects. The arena is being built, and will be completed shortly. What can we do as Tulsans to make sure it is profitable?

We need to focus on our future. That we can impact and change. Here's a list of my priorities:

1. Improved public education

2. Economic development and good job creation

3. Reduction in crime and an increase in the police force

4. A major street renovation initiative

5. True spiritual revival

6. Improved neighborhoods and property values

I have the privilege in my vocation to meet many small business people every week. I am struck by the unusually highly optimistic outlook for 2007. Almost without exception people believe that 2007 will be better for them than was 2006.

My prayer for you is that it is so.

Happy new year from the Tulsa Chigger!

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