The past few weeks have not been very news worthy in my opinion. Nothing has really happened that has inspired conversation within me.

Now it is 2017, and it’s time to map out how this year is going to go. We are about to say goodbye to one president and hello to another. With this always comes drastic change.

House Republicans are gearing up for what they hope is an intense and fast paced first 100 days of 2017. The list of things to change, fix and new ideas being brought to the table is a long one that has already drawn negative attention from House Democrats. Among the top of the list of things to address is the inevitable repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the potential Russian hacking.

I’ve already written about my opinion on Obamacare. For those of you who have not read that column, I will quickly sum up my feelings of the ACA. Get the government out of health care. Encourage a free market. This will drive down costs and drive the quality of care available up.

Simple enough. I personally fear that Trump will not be able to get rid of the ACA in a way that is humane, and I truly fear that he will replace this with some other form of big government.

All we can do is sit and wait, but I am not optimistic about his replacement for this program.

In regards to Russia, Trump has stated we shouldn’t be focusing on whether or not the nation interfered with our elections because it is in the past, and we should move on.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. We should absolutely be concerned about this. Outsider influence on our elections is a scary thing. This time the DNC was proven to be as corrupt as we all knew it was, but what about next time? Don’t get me wrong, I am all for whistle blowing, but Russia isn’t exactly a friend of the States so how can we trust their motives?

Regardless of your opinion of the Russian hacking, we have to address our cybersecurity as a nation.

Republicans have a lot to prove in 2017, and Democrats have a lot on the line as well. It will be very interesting to see whether or not any bipartisan legislation is ever brought up and how the Trump presidency begins.

I do not agree with much that Trump says or much of his “policy,” but I do wish him well, and I hope that he can lead this country responsibly.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. Let’s make 2017 one of the best years yet.

Amanda Long is a freelance writer for The Gazette-Virginian.