Out with the old, in with the new. Just a few days left in 1997, time enough for turkey leftovers, a few more shortbread cookies, another glass of Christmas cheer and a gaggle of post-Christmas sales, before the obligatory New Year’s resolutions to eat less, drink less and spend less. But for some Whistlerites, New Year’s resolutions are more difficult. Some people could use a little assistance in planning for 1998. For those people, we humbly offer the following suggestions. Councillor Ken Melamed: To work to accept cultured stone for what it is, the building material of choice for Intrawest. Councillor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden: To get everyone on the same bus leading to a transportation master plan. Councillor Ted Milner: To grow sideburns, flash the peace sign and call people "dude." Councillor Dave Kirk: To smile more. But not too much more. Councillor Stephanie Sloan: To fill Whistler’s public spaces with art. Councillor Kristi Wells: To secretly plot to take over the (Mountain) World. Mayor Hugh O’Reilly: New Year’s resolutions are like campaign promises, they are both hard to keep. Mayor Hugh made an astute promise in last year’s campaign when he pledged not to accept more than $50 from any one contributor. He kept that promise. For the new year he should resolve to continue working in the spirit of that promise. Rick Clare: To find a new WRA president PDQ. New WRA president: To star in an American Express card commercial. Hugh Smythe: To rediscover Whistler. For the Whistler Community Arts Council, the Artrageous people, the Music in the Mountains and Young Artists’ Experience people (including the Hyatt), the local art galleries, the Whistler Players and anyone else with an interest in the arts: To get together in one room. If someone locks the door to that room for a few hours and they all come out of it with a better understanding of each other, then they should invite Whistler council into that same room to talk about a plan of action. For Bill McNeney, Owen Carney and Peter Webb: To find the "off" button for the snowmaking system by World Cup time. Joze Sparovec: To keep the faith. By the time the World Cup circuit finds a location that can host a downhill some of his injured racers may be back on skis.