We’ve left 2019 behind, and are jumping head-long into 2020.

What will this year hold? Will things be different from 2019?

A lot was left undecided in 2019.

The big issue is on the national front. The impending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump looms over everything in Washington, D.C.

It would appear the Republican-led Senate in unlikely to find the president guilty and remove him from office, but that’s to be decided when the trial begins.

Impeachment will loom large throughout the year, especially since this is an election year. Trump is seeking a second term against a Democrat challenger who will come from a crowded field. Who that challenger will be won’t be known until the primary season separates the contenders from the pretenders.

Plenty of other issues remain nationally. Turmoil in the Middle East remains. The United States has made progress, but more remains to settle the trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Statewide, issues remain unresolved, too.

Gov. Kevin Stitt enters his second year in office with slowing revenue collections and a long list of state agency needs. Continuing the strides made in education will be a priority, as will be what the state will do with regard to health care. Stitt has yet to unveil his plan to decrease the number of uninsured people in Oklahoma, but that is sure to be a hot topic at the state Capitol when the Legislature returns in February.

Whatever lawmakers and the governor do, they won’t be the only ones with a say. The people likely will decide this year a state question concerning expansion of Medicare.

Locally, retail development is going to be a big story, as work continues on The District, at Cleveland and Garriott. Hideaway Pizza, Colton’s Steakhouse and Jiffy Trip convenience store all have signed on to the development, and talks are continuing concerning a new movie theater at the site.

New businesses Harbor Freight and Tractor Supply plan to open this year in the old Kmart building at Garriott and Oakwood, and we anticipate the long-awaited opening of the downtown hotel.

No one has a crystal ball to know how 2020 is going to turn out.

One thing is for sure. It’s going to be quite a ride.

Hang on.

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