The year 2013 seemed to flash by in the blink of eye. It’s hard to believe we’re in the last week of the year but it’s time to face facts like it or not 2014 is starring us in the face. The pace of life these days seems to have accelerated the calendar. Technology was suppose to give us more time but oddly it has done the opposite, keeping us so occupied that times flies bye.
I have mixed feeling when it comes to turning the page on 2013 but each new year brings new hope, optimism and a sense of new beginnings. 2013 Had it’s moments of ups and down. It was oddly very different than 2012 but yet in other ways continued with unresolved issues carried over from the previous year.
The year closed on a positive note with our government bodies finally agreeing on a two year federal budget plan that received bipartisan support. Congressman Ryan and Senator Murray put partisan politics aside and found a way address their party philosophical differences and focused on the common ground which they could both agree. Our government was facing another debt limit showdown in February, so we must consider it an encouraging sign that an agreement was reached by these long time bickering political parties averting another possible shutdown of the federal government like we experienced in the fall. If we’ve learning nothing over the last few years, it is that nothing beneficial gets accomplished when the two sides dig their heels and lob grenades at each other.
2013 left us hanging in many different ways. The economy hasn’t shown any true clear direction towards recovery or recession. The stock market continues to soar upwards and gasoline prices continue to ebb and flow showing no rational signs of why. Health care hasn’t gotten any cheaper. Many Americans have lost their health insurance and there still appears to be as much ranker over where the Affordable Health Care Act will take the nation, as its roll out has been fraught with many problems.
Many among our countryman are still left recovering from Hurricane Sandy’s 2012 effects on the east coast while other parts of the country recover from the spring and fall devastating tornados to sweep parts of the country. The west coast saw some of the worse brush fires in recent years not only destroying property but taking the lives of firefighters and residents.
Over the course of the year we continued to see senseless shootings at schools and public places. These shootings and acts of violence continue to fuel discussions on bullying, metal health, and gun legislation which has resulted in growing purchases of guns, assault rifles and ammunition. We also witnessed the terrorist bombing during the Boston Marathon and the extended search for the perpetrators.
The world came to together recently to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela and earlier in the year to witness resignation of one Pope and the election of a new people’s Pope who is changing the Papacy and putting a renewed sense of faith in the hearts of many. At the same time the world seems no safer as a number of hot spots around the globe could ignite at any time.
We are also witnessing a new player in the exploration of space as China lands a rover on the Moon and has announced ambitious plans to surpass the previous exploits of the Unites States. Time will tell if this nation is challenged by this competition or if we are no longer motivated to lead the world in advancements of science and exploration.
Our world and the nation will continue to be affected by major events but its how we chose to deal with these events that defines who we are as a people. How we support each other and deal with the effects of these events makes all the difference. We can only hope and pray that we can begin to address many of these issues that cry out for resolution, cooperation, understanding and compromise, especially these school shooting and the senseless taking of life.
On behalf of all of us at Denton Publications and New Market Press we sincerely hope your 2014 is full of prosperity and joy for you, your family, your community, our country and this small planet we share and call home.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.