The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 3, 2014

CNHI says: Forward in 2014

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“People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving forward.”

Physicist Albert Einstein penned this advice to his son Eduard in 1930. We think it’s good advice in any year.

We look forward to 2014 on many fronts. It is time for the nation to move forward. That can happen when the voices of the extreme left and the extreme right are drowned out by the voices of reason. Without compromise, there can be no reform. This must be the year for our elected leaders to talk with — rather than at — each other.

Our readers living in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma deserve state legislators who are focusing on the business of the state instead of eyeing political futures in Washington, D.C. Some of the bills being sponsored have little to do with the job of a state senator or a state representative. There’s a lot of blatant pandering that goes on. Those in state government could help move their respective states forward by concentrating on budgets, infrastructure, education and jobs.

Closer to home, forward motion should be the goal in every community. But we especially look forward to Monday’s opening of two elementary schools and a middle school that will serve children living in Joplin, Duquesne and Duenweg. More than two and a half years after they were destroyed by the 2011 tornado, these schools will open.

The new Irving and Soaring Heights elementary schools and East Middle School will be unlike any schools Joplin has seen before. They were designed to last for the next 100 years. Now that’s forward movement.

Dwelling on the past is of little use unless it is relevant to the future. Even unpopular decisions are better than no decisions at all.

We welcome 2014 and the opportunities ahead.

— The Joplin Globe, Joplin, Mo.