If we could get some one-on-one time with Santa, here are some of the things we would like him to bring to certain groups and people of the Upper Peninsula:
To all the local school superintendents, we want Santa to bring some magic so they can make up shortfalls provided by the state of Michigan.
To all the city managers in the U.P., a money tree to make up what is going to be lost when the state decides to get rid of revenue sharing to help make up the huge deficit in Lansing.
To all the county road commissions, a mild winter so plowing will not become a major issue for them and for drivers.
To the City of Escanaba leaders, the perseverance and will to get through the difficult times and the ability to allow the city grow and prosper.
To the City of Gladstone, the knowledge and skills that will be needed to find a new city manager. Hopefully, the next one can make it to at least a one-year anniversary.
To the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority, a director that can lead the group and the downtown district forward and to a growth spurt.
To the Delta County Commission, the bravery to take a chance from the old school ways and the ability to give long-term employees the chance to show their stuff.
To the residents and businesses of Escanaba, the hope of cheaper electric rates in the next year or so.
To the leaders of the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Society, mounds of donations for them to carry out their missions for the less fortunate of our area.
To the readers and employees of the Daily Press, a most joyous and blessed Christmas.
Merry Christmas to everyone!