Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 4, 2013

MARK MAYNARD: Some wishes for 2013

Mark Maynard
The Independent

ASHLAND — Here are some best wishes for 2013. Hope everyone has a groovy new year!

‰For Republicans and Democrats in Washington: To understand if you take off the table in advance everything the other side wants, you aren’t exactly negotiating.

‰For the Cincinnati Reds: A division crown, the National League pennant and, oh yes, a World Championship. Not asking too much I am?

‰For the UK football fan: A winning season and bowl game in Coach Mark Stoops’ inaugural season.

‰For the UK basketball fan: A little reality in understanding every season won’t be like 2012’s national championship team.

‰For the UK basketball fan, Part II: A contract extension for John Calipari.

‰For the Ashland area: Some good news — any good news — about the job market improving.

‰For Ashland Alliance CEO Bill Hannah: (See above).

‰For the City of Ashland: Vision for the leadership team that is put together to make this a year to remember.

‰For the City of Ashland, Part II: Regular city commission crowds of at least half as many as were jammed into the chambers on Thursday for the swearing-in of new Mayor Chuck Charles and the commissioners. The joint was jumping with a standing-room-only audience (maybe it was the offer of free food after the meeting).

Seriously, though, less apathy from residents would make government work a lot more smoothly. The more you care, the more they will care. Simple enough.

Ashland seems excited with Charles in charge, along with a commission that has experience and wisdom. It could be a combination that leads to great things. Let’s hope we don’t spin our wheels all year.

‰For Melody Mountain: The completion of Phase 2 to go through without any problems.

‰For Summer Motion and new president Cade Mahan: Another rockin’ three nights on the river during the Fourth of July weekend.

‰For Ashland’s vacant downtown buildings: Tenants who will pump some life into the streets along Winchester Avenue. We need it badly.

‰For area educators: More places like the new Boyd County High School $42 million showplace to show off those teaching skills.

‰For Boyd County High School administrators: A way to keep the new school shining as brightly as it did on opening day all year long.

‰For pitcher Brandon Webb: A healthy arm and one more shot at returning to the Major Leagues. The former National League Cy Young Award winner in 2006 and runner-up for the award in 2007 and 2008 is trying to make a comeback for the ages. He hasn’t pitched since the opening game of 2009.

Several teams are interested in watching him pitch next month in Arizona. He reportedly is throwing pain-free and eager to audition. No official word on what teams are interested, but unofficially the Twins, Red Sox and Phillies have been rumored as possible suitors.

‰For our/your newspaper: More readers and more subscribers and plenty of good news to tell!

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.