EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Some East Texans were quick to say, 'good riddance' to the year 2009, specifically, all of the economic troubles that came along with it.
"Spend money, or save money, people were not secure about their jobs," that's what Moe Snobar remembers most about '09.
Alma Bozeman said last year, everything tightened up.
"Every 20 or 30 years it happens - the economy shakes up," said C.J. Jones. But Jones said one positive thing still resonates in her mind: the election of the country's first African-American president. "It was cool!"
Clift Crawford is hoping to say goodbye to the health care debate. "I hope it dies a violent death in Congress." He also shared his feelings about Congress, themselves. "Those guys who have been in there for six terms, I hope they're gone."
Delaney Rosenbalm said 2009 was rough for her and her husband. Two weeks after she married her husband, U.S. Army Pfc. Kirk Rosenbalm, he deployed to Iraq.
"I don't want to go there, again," said Sgt. Rosenbalm. He's home for at least a year.
"I want to say, 'hello' to peace," said Jones. "We need a break, we're tired."
Crawford said the country is too divided and that needs to go, too. "We're a bunch of different factions, and we're all fighting each other," he said. "We should just realize that we're Americans first and just be better to each other."
All that's left is optimism for 2010. "This year is going to be better," said Snobar.