In response to the New Year's wish list for New Bedford printed Dec. 31 — Thank you for the inspirational opinion recently published within the New Bedford Standard-Times. With people as you who are committed to seeing progress in New Bedford move beyond the visioning and conceptual stage, New Bedford will see a renaissance.

In the past, New Bedford has dropped the ball on many city rebuilding and visioning efforts. I have confidence in Mayor Mitchell to inspire the city's residents to give input to improve their neighborhoods and to motivate fundraisers and entrepreneurs to invest in the city.

This is the hope that can become a reality if we work together, pool our talents, and invest our time and treasure in New Bedford.

Joseph Ingoldsby