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2015: Batter up 

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Editor's note: This story was updated Jan. 8 to correct the misspelling of Danny Eurich's name.

New Year's is a lot like the opening of spring training for baseball fans. Everyone has high hopes, but they also know the score.

click to enlarge Danny Burich of the Patty Jewett area

Danny Eurich of the Patty Jewett area is a chef.

One reason for optimism in 2015 is ... The growth of downtown, especially in the restaurant business.

A reason for pessimism is ... The Republicans have taken over, and now they're dragging Jeb Bush into it.

What'll be the biggest story of 2015? Ebola will be contained and a cure found.

In 2015, the Denver Broncos will ... Beat the Packers in the Super Bowl.

Name something you'll do better in 2015 than in 2014. Quit smoking. It's my New Year's resolution.

click to enlarge Porchia Smith of Fort Carson

Porchia Smith of Fort Carson is in the Army.

Give a reason for optimism in 2015. 2014 was so awful that not to be optimistic about a better 2015 is depressing.

Predict 2015's biggest story. More wars. We focus on what other countries are doing instead of solving the problems at home.

What will you do better in 2015? Be a better friend.

Make a prediction for 2015. Winters will get harder and longer throughout the U.S.

click to enlarge Richard Van Vliet

Richard Van Vliet of the central area is an artist and handyman.

What's a reason for being optimistic about 2015? Things are looking up financially. A number of local artistic projects are in the works.

What's a reason for pessimism? The gap between the haves and the have-nots is getting wider.

In 2015 the Broncos will ... Hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions. They'll pay Seattle back for last year.

What will you do better in 2015? I'll do better toward the people I love, and my artistic endeavors will come to fruition.

click to enlarge Glenn Chandler of the east side

Glenn Chandler of the east side is in computer security at NORAD.

What's a reason for optimism in 2015? Things can only get better than they are now.

The biggest story of 2015 will be ... What happens in Russia if oil prices keep dropping. Also, a lot of huge Supreme Court decisions are coming up, like gay marriage.

In 2015, the Broncos will ... I hope they make it to the Super Bowl, but they had a better shot last year.

What will you do better in 2015? Pay more attention to my wife.

Hazard a prediction for 2015. I did well in 2014. In 2015, I hope it's the have-nots and people who had it hard last year who benefit most.

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