The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 2, 2014

Our View: Forward in 2014

“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.

While Joplin High School is set for completion in 2014, progress needs to be made on other projects that have been outlined for Joplin’s 20th Street, particularly the library/theater complex. We expect that once building begins, it will spur those who have been waiting to see what’s going to happen.

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.

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  • Other Views Other Views: Eroding court’s authority

    While Kansans were focused on the twists and turns of school finance this past week, lawmakers made an unnecessary and historic change in how the state’s district courts operate, coercively tying the reforms to badly needed funding.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Your View: Travesty

    What a travesty that a terrific young man from Spain is on the verge of deportation even though he has proven his worth in America (Globe, April 13).

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: Astonishing transformation

    The transformation of the Republican Party in the last decade is astonishing.

    April 18, 2014

  • Your View: The changing view

    It is heartbreaking to hear the decades old trees (which border on South Pennsylvania in Webb City) cracking and being bulldozed down.

    April 18, 2014

  • Our View.jpg Our View: Safe and sound

    Of the 7,500 Joplin and Duenweg homes hit by the 2011 EF-5 tornado, fewer than 20 percent of them had basements.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other Views Other Views: Funding for state’s roads

    Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Government without apology or explanation

    Americans feel closest to their Uncle Sam at this time of year as he extends his hand for his “fair share” to fund his numerous endeavors.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Step aside

    The people of Joplin made it clear they wanted change at City Hall with their decisive votes to replace two council members.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Serious drawbacks

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) lays out clearly and persuasively the serious drawbacks with so-called right-to-work legislation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Your View: Free choice

    Joan Banks’ guest column (Globe, April 13) regarding right-to-work seems to assume that if workers are given the choice of joining a union, they won’t join.

    April 16, 2014

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