To All Of Us
We’ll wait until our next issue to speak to this past
week’s elections. Why rush a reaction when so much of
our media’s caught in that fast deadline trap already?
Better to sit with the results for a couple of weeks and see
what they mean…
In the interim, we do have to hand out kudos to our local candidates
for not having run into the hyper-partisan troubles that have
plagued other communities throughout the region, state and nation
of late. We’re speaking about the failure by many to not
even attempt coming to the same table to hold moderated discussions,
as once used to happen here in the Route 28 corridor but now,
fortunately, seems like a trend of the past.
There were some towns where an entire party of candidates didn’t
come forth because they didn’t feel they were invited
properly, others where candidates did not want to bide by nonpartisan
pledges of civil discourse, saying they needed more time to
consider such matters. Taking the cake, in our view, were those
who said they had heard the League of Women Voters, who moderate
most candidate forums in our area, were a “leftist-leaning”
organization and hence suspect. Fortunately, that statement
forced a flood of letters and opinion pieces that asked what
was “left” or “right” about town and
county political positions, as well as why such matters had
anything to do with elections where candidates were asking voters
to support them as representatives of all voters, and their
towns, and not just those of a similar ideological stripe.
Note… we’re not bringing up where these partisan
attacks are coming from. It’s more important to note,
simply, that they don’t belong in local politics. Just
as questions of patriotism and where one stood on issues 40
years ago, or where w=one was born and how long one’s
lived in a certain house, mean anything in regards to the jobs
one runs to attain.
We are simply thankful these matters did not arise here, this
year, And hopefully won’t again, in any of our Route 28
community’s elections, no matter the position.
Better to remember, post election now, that we’re fast
coming up on Veteran’s Day. As well as quickly approaching
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.
Congratulations are due to all of us!