I do feel that we should start the new year with congratulations to the Republican Party of the Deep South. With the election of Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy and the elevation of David Duke’s protégé Steve Scalise to one of the leading spots in the House of Representatives, the Dixiecrats of Strom Thurmond have officially taken over the Republican Party.

Now we must wait to see if the role reversal causes the Democrats to assume the role of obstructionists as once held by the Republicans. We will see what the year has in store.

Richard Stagnoli

safety auditor

Central