All I want for Christmas

In no particular order of priority, here’s my wish list for Christmas and 2011.

In no particular order of priority, here’s my wish list for Christmas and 2011.

Michener Hill Extendicare — A buyout from the province.

Grocery stores — Permission to sell wine and beer.

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre — Not just more protocols, or shuffling patients around, but enough funding and staff and beds to reduce wait times in the emergency department.

Calgary Flames — A new coach and making the playoffs.

Red Deer community — A year-round indoor public market.

West Country — Bush party attendees who respect the outdoors and clean up after themselves.

Ed Stelmach — A really, really good PR person.

Raj Sherman — The People’s Award for Health Care Defender of the Year.

Stephen Duckett — A guide, belated though it may be, on how best to respond when media have questions.

MLAs — No more free tickets to events like the Grey Cup.

City council — An operating budget that pleases everyone.

Local charities — Money, lots of it.

Province of Alberta — An earned environmental protection award.

Alberta legislature — Party-proportional representation.

Hwy 2 RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs — Drivers who adjust to changing road conditions. Oh, and new spike belts to replace worn out ones.

Hwy 2 drivers — An end to bully, extreme speed-limit breaking drivers.

Airports — An end to the ridiculous escalation of fear about terrorism.

SPCA — A home for every cat and dog and bunny.

Electricity consumers — Regulation.

Homeless — Warmth, safety and a helping hand.

Voters — The right between elections to recall MLAs/MPs.

Don Cherry — Retirement.

Stephen Harper — A nomination for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cyclists — A comprehensive plan in Red Deer to create more bicycle routes and paths.

Environment Canada — Good golfing weather forecasts.

Canadian soldiers — Peace on Earth.

City’s snow-clearing road crew — A winter holiday.

All my readers — A merry Christmas or, if Christ isn’t for you, a Happy Holiday.

Mary-Ann Barr is Advocate assistant city editor. barr@www.reddeeradvocate.com

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