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January 5, 2014

Let’s hope that 2014 is a banner year

Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye. Other times, not so much. So long.

Adios.

Au revoir. Arrivederci. That’s what the majority of Americans had to say about 2013. Three ... Two ... One ... Thank goodness that year is over. According to the AP-Times Square New Year’s Eve poll, Americans felt a little more positively about 2013 than 2012 when it came to their personal lives, but when it comes to the country as a whole, no sir.

Here’s a breakdown of the report from The Associated Press:

“All told, 32 percent say 2013 was a better year for them than 2012, while 20 percent say it was worse and 46 percent say the two years were really about the same. Young people were more apt to see improvement: 40 percent of people under age 30 called 2013 a better year than 2012, compared with 25 percent of people age 65 or older.”

The same poll showed that only 25 percent of voters thought that 2013 was better for the nation as a whole and 25 percent thought that 2013 was worse than 2012. As far as the world goes, 30 percent said it was better in 2013, and 20 percent said 2012 was better than 2013 worldwide. So, new year’s blues or happy new year?

Last week, we asked our readers to log onto www.timeswv.com and weigh in on the issue. We asked, “Weʼre ready to ring in the new year. How do you feel about the prospect of 2014?” And here’s what you had to say:

Iʼm very excited about the new year, which is bound to be full of new possibilities and opportunities — 25 percent.

The new year has to be better than 2013 — 36.76 percent.

Kind of indifferent. Itʼs just another year — 38.24 percent.

Regardless, let’s hope than 2014 is a banner year for each of you, for our country and for the world. This week, let’s talk about the word we never want to come up in conversation ... flu. How cautious and diligent are you when it comes to protecting you and your family this time of year?

Log on. Vote. Email me or respond online.

Misty Poe

Managing Editor

mpoe@timeswv.com

@MistyPoeTWV

 

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