Locals sound off on Trump inauguration
BY BRYCE KELLY
Mt. Pleasant News
From strengthening the country’s military, to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech on Friday made it clear that he intends to do a lot of changing in the next four years.
“This country is entering an era that is just beginning to see many changes,” said local citizen and veteran, Jim Onorato, following Trump’s inauguration on Friday. “People need to let President Trump do his job and forget party differences.”
At just over 15 minutes, Trump’s inaugural address was short and to the point. Despite thanking President Obama and the rest of Congress for their service, President Trump certainly didn’t mince words about what he felt needed to be addressed or changed in the United States. Within his first few days in office, Trump has already began the process to repeal the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare.
“I listened to his (inaugural) speech and I say ‘amen’ to all of it,” said Jill Kilbourn, of Mt. Pleasant, saying the repeal of Obamacare is something she feels strongly about. “Working in the insurance business for so many years, I believe that something has to be done to change our healthcare system. I truly believe that Trump will improve things from what Obamacare has done to the country, and will really make a lot of positive changes in the country overall.”
Local woman Romajean Messer agrees that healthcare should be among the president’s top priorities, but also insists that there are a slew of other issues that the new president will have to face head-on, sooner rather than later.
“There are so many things that need to be addressed with this president. The main things that come to my mind is, gangs, the killings, the violence we are seeing on our streets,” said Messer. “I wonder, can Trump restore America? Can he make it possible to have that American Dream? I’d like to believe he can. If he could make our country a safer place to live and make people less afraid to drive down certain streets for fear of bullets flying, or less afraid to turn up our furnace to get warm because we can’t afford higher utilities...these are the things I worry about most.”
As evidenced by his inaugural speech as well as his consistency during the election process, Trump has made it clear he wishes to grow and strengthen the nation’s military power, including looking after our nation’s veterans. Onorato says he hopes that Trump shows the American military the respect it deserves.
“Hopefully, one of the changes President Trump makes will be to our military, and especially veterans. The President’s appointment to head the Department of Veterans Affairs could lead to those changes...Veterans should not have to feel that they are second class. We fought, served and were promised benefits no matter what the cost,” Onorato insisted.
Already, and unsurprisingly to many in Washington, Trump’s inauguration wasn’t met at the celebration of all. Almost immediately following the election, streets in D.C. began seeing violent outbursts as well as peaceful protesting. And while local pastor Mark Youngquist says he understands that not all Americans agree with every one of Trump’s policies, he says he takes comfort in both Scripture and in prayer.
“I do hope and pray that Trump will provide leadership that will turn our economy around. I believe that God has given each one of us gifts and talents, and Donald Trump surely has experience in the business world,” said Youngquist. “It reminds me of the Old Testament story of Esther, where she is told that God has placed her in a position of leadership ‘for such a time as this.’ Could it be that God has placed Donald Trump in a position of leadership ‘for such a time as this’? At least, we should be praying for God to use him in this way.”