Loose Thoughts from Louisiana

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Loose Thoughts from Louisiana

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Con­sider this my New Year’s post for 2017 and this week I just have some ran­dom obser­va­tions and loose thoughts to share with you.

First, I’d like to thank DaT­e­chGuy for giv­ing me this space each week to share news and opin­ion from my cor­ner of the world with you. When he signed me up a cou­ple of years ago, Pete told me I could write about what­ever I wanted to and I’ve held him to that. I’ve writ­ten about every­thing from pol­i­tics to ani­mal abuse, local floods, New Orleans crime, and the threat to Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments. I don’t know how inter­est in some of those top­ics plays New Jer­sey or Wyoming, but at least it draws our world closer together. I really want to thank you for com­ment­ing on those posts and for read­ing them. I truly appre­ci­ate the gift of being here.

As we move into 2017, I am approach­ing the inau­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump with cau­tion. Oh, I voted for him – but as with many of you, I’m sure, he wasn’t my first choice. In many cor­ners I hear great opti­mism, how­ever, and so I know that a great many peo­ple have high hopes for a return to con­ser­vatism and com­mon sense. I have always been a lit­tle sus­pi­cious of Trump’s motives and when he first entered the race I fig­ured it was just a pub­lic­ity ploy. I was wrong.

I’m not sure what can be done with Oba­macare at this point but at the very least I do hope that Pres­i­dent Trump will return power to the states. I want the fed­eral gov­ern­ment out of my class­room (I teach high school Eng­lish) and out of our school cafe­te­ria (my stu­dents show me their lunches – it’s ridicu­lous). I hope Trump reins in the EPA and pulls some of the crip­pling restric­tions from coal coun­try so we can return to pros­per­ity in those areas. I hope Trump selects a strong team of for­eign advi­sors to guide him through the mess that is now our for­eign relations.

There is much good he can do and I hope he is sin­cere in want­ing to do so.

For 2017, I wish peace and pros­per­ity to you all and again thank you for allow­ing me to share a few moments with you each week. I am very blessed.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Consider this my New Year’s post for 2017 and this week I just have some random observations and loose thoughts to share with you.

First, I’d like to thank DaTechGuy for giving me this space each week to share news and opinion from my corner of the world with you. When he signed me up a couple of years ago, Pete told me I could write about whatever I wanted to and I’ve held him to that. I’ve written about everything from politics to animal abuse, local floods, New Orleans crime, and the threat to Confederate monuments. I don’t know how interest in some of those topics plays New Jersey or Wyoming, but at least it draws our world closer together.  I really want to thank you for commenting on those posts and for reading them. I truly appreciate the gift of being here.

As we move into 2017, I am approaching the inauguration of President Trump with caution. Oh, I voted for him – but as with many of you, I’m sure, he wasn’t my first choice. In many corners I hear great optimism, however, and so I know that a great many people have high hopes for a return to conservatism and common sense. I have always been a little suspicious of Trump’s motives and when he first entered the race I figured it was just a publicity ploy. I was wrong.

I’m not sure what can be done with Obamacare at this point but at the very least I do hope that President Trump will return power to the states. I want the federal government out of my classroom (I teach high school English) and out of our school cafeteria (my students show me their lunches – it’s ridiculous). I hope Trump reins in the EPA and pulls some of the crippling restrictions from coal country so we can return to prosperity in those areas.  I hope Trump selects a strong team of foreign advisors to guide him through the mess that is now our foreign relations.

There is much good he can do and I hope he is sincere in wanting to do so.

For 2017, I wish peace and prosperity to you all and again thank you for allowing me to share a few moments with you each week.  I am very blessed.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.