The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 31, 2013

We would like to share some predictions for 2014


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Around these parts, New Year’s predictions are about as traditional as eating black-eyed peas.

In the spirit of soothsaying, we’d like to share some predictions for 2014.

Vance Air Force Base, like the entire military, is going to have to learn to do more with less.

Water will be an ongoing issue, as will the increasing lack of adequate housing.

During an election year in Oklahoma, we expect attempts by GOP legislators to overhaul our public pension system will face opposition from teachers and firefighters as lobbying forces at the Capitol.

Keith Gaddie, author and University of Oklahoma political science professor, boldly predicted the Sooners will return to the wishbone on OETA’s “Oklahoma Forum.” We’d like to see that.

Nationally, Forbes magazine forecasts oil prices will rise to $110 even with record U.S. production. That’s good news because high energy prices help our local economy.

The World Economic Forum, an independent nonprofit foundation headquartered in Switzerland, released the top 10 trends of 2014.

They are (in ranked order): rising societal tensions in the Middle East and North Africa, widening income disparities, persistent structural unemployment, intensifying cyber threats, inaction on climate change, diminishing confidence in economic policies, a lack of values in leadership, the expanding middle class in Asia, the growing importance of megacities and the rapid spread of misinformation online.

As technology evolves in the calendar year, we pledge to continue to publish our award-winning journalism in print and on our website. We’ll provide relevant context as we report verified information with documented sources.

Happy New Year to all our readers!