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.