Austin American-Statesman - - VIEWPOINTS -

One of our let­ter writ­ers wished for rain, peace and for the Univer­sity of Texas women’s vol­ley­ball team to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship. Well, one of three isn’t too bad. An­other wanted a safe place to fish. An­other wants more rig­or­ous test­ing for Texas drivers. Yet an­other wants our troops home. We asked our read­ers to sub­mit their wishes for Christ­mas 2012 and got a wide va­ri­ety of re­sponses. Some wanted things that were tan­gi­ble, and oth­ers were more ephemeral — kind of like the sea­son it­self.

Christ­mas is usu­ally tragi­comic or a mix of sad­ness and joy. The com­fort and joy car­ol­ers raise their voices to some­times eludes us.

But our hopes should al­ways be high. Like the poem says, our reach should ex­ceed our grasp, or what’s a heaven for?

We in­vite you to pick up the View­points page to­mor­row to share your neigh­bors’ wishes for Christ­mas 2012.

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