We have made it to a brand new year, full of new life and new possibilities.
With the arrival of the new year, there are many things that I am hoping for in Amarillo. I am hoping for great successes in our town and I am hoping that Amarillo will truly have a banner year. There are other things, of course, that I am hoping will happen in 2018.
Here are a few of the things I am hoping for in 2018:
I hope that voters will be informed for the 2018 elections. Texans are making some seriously important choices in March and November, including choosing the state's next governor, senator, legislature and more. In addition, local voters will choose entirely new benches for the Potter and Randall County Courts at Law. I hope that voters will be informed and will make the best possible choices.
I hope that Amarillo will have less involvement by special interest groups in our government affairs. The job of governing is a serious thing and groups like Amarillo Matters should not be in the driver's seat when elected officials are performing their duties.
I hope that our leaders will be blessed with wisdom in 2018. We have some very talented people in Amarillo and I hope that our leaders are open to criticism and improvement to make sure that Amarillo gets the very best leadership possible.
I hope for success for Amarillo's community service groups. We have many groups in Amarillo that are performing difficult tasks, such as Yellow City Community Outreach, Amarillo Brown Bag Runs, Amarillo Housing First, Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society and other groups. I wish these groups all of the best in 2018.
Finally, I am hoping that we at the Amarillo Pioneer can continue to bring our readers the very best quality in news, columns, opinions and investigative journalism possible. When we decided to start this paper, we did so with the mindset that Amarillo needed a true community newspaper. I am hoping that this year, we can continue to be Amarillo's premiere destination for community affairs and that we can continue to bring the absolute best news to our readers.