The Norman Transcript

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year to you

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Happy New Year to our readers, advertisers, employees and families. Here’s hoping 2014 proves to be a banner year for your health, your happiness and your relationships.

For 2014, we wish for:

· A healthier state. Being in the bottom five in any list is never good. The state health department has some simple suggestions: Eat less. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Quit smoking. Move more.

· A vigorous debate in the state legislature beginning in February. Oklahoma needs to make its real priorities known in the areas of common and higher education, health care, corrections, state workers and pensions.

· Some kind of light signaling the end of Interstate 35 construction. The Main Street overpass is only the first of three bridge replacements. Merchants and residents who live near the interstate are growing weary.

· Relief from the violent weather that has damaged so much property in our county of late. We’ve endured tornadoes, ice storms, wildfires, snowstorms and flooding.

· A better local economy. Oklahoma has fared better than many states, and Norman is somewhat insulated with the university’s payroll, but a more robust year of hiring would help immensely.

· A Congress that spends less time on political grandstanding, sabotage and partisan gamesmanship and more time truly working together to solve the nation’s most pressing problems.

· And finally, we wish for a Sooner win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. There’s nothing like an unexpected win to start the year off right.

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