Wouldn't it be terrific in 2013 if . . .

When it comes to making predictions, my record is actually worse than the Mayans.

So no, I will not be making predictions here for the new year.

And when it comes to resolutions, most people don't bother with them, or if they do, they usually break them by the time the ball drops on New Year's Eve — the most overrated holiday of the year, by the way.

So no, I will not be making resolutions here for the new year.

What I will offer, however, are things that I really would love to see happen in South Florida in 2013. Such as:

Rick Scott coming to South Florida for a municipal election and waiting in line for five hours to vote. Maybe a little hands-on experience will teach the governor about the voter suppression tactics he and the Legislature foisted upon the public.

Fort Lauderdale deciding not to host any more gun shows. It's long past time to get rid of these blights on our community.

My beloved and universally dissed alma mater, Northern Illinois University, bullying past Florida State in the Orange Bowl Tuesday night. I think a 35-14 NIU victory would be nice, with Northern graciously pulling its starters in the fourth quarter so they won't be accused of piling up the score on FSU.

Tamarac residents pursuing the recall campaign against commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad, who was reinstated to her post after being acquitted on public corruption charges. This is a woman who acknowledged receiving $6,300 worth of benefits from developers, but beat the rap because her attorney somehow convinced jurors she was simply naive and incompetent. If she is that naive and incompetent, do you really want her handling your tax dollars and making major decisions? Really?

You know those folks who can now blast their car radios because the Florida Supreme Court said the music is protected by the First Amendment? I think the ruling was right. I just hope the folks who blast their music have their car battery die. About three times a week.

OK. Northern doesn't have to embarrass Florida State that badly. I'll be satisfied with a 21-14 NIU win, and the sight of watching cocky FSU fans leaving Sun Life Stadium a little teary-eyed will be very satisfying.

South Florida beachfront cities working together to make sure the problems with erosion on Fort Lauderdale Beach are addressed without political bickering. The beach is critical to all of South Florida, not just Fort Lauderdale.

Teachers finally getting the respect they deserve, from the public and Florida legislators. Teachers in Florida too often are treated like second class citizens. There is not enough respect for their dedication to children. Unfortunately, it took the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School to show some people how dedicated and selfless teachers really are.

Better food choices — and more places to sit while you are eating — at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. I know they are adding some restaurants, but the airport doesn't compare to many I've seen in smaller cities.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria getting out of town, and taking team president David Samson with him. I don't think I need to explain any further.

Fine. I'll settle for a 21-20, last second Northern Illinois victory on a fluke play. Are you happy now?

Peace for the Holocaust Documentation Center when it moves into its new home in Dania Beach. The lengthy battles with the city of Hollywood at the previous location were beneath the dignity of such an important place.

And a great new year for everyone, including Florida State football fans. Have I mentioned that game with Northern Illinois yet?

Gary Stein can be reached at gstein@sunsentinel.com, or 954-356-4616. On Twitter@SSEditorial.

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