Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 7, 2012

Election aftermath

VALDOSTA — The election is over, your candidate may have won or lost, but today is the time for reconciliation.

In both the national and local elections, bitter disputes divided friends, relatives, and co-workers. Harsh words were spoken, posted on Facebook, or tweeted that can never be taken back or erased. Feelings were hurt. Relationships have been tested.

So today is the day to come to terms with the election results. Win or lose, we all have to live together and get along. Apologize for hurt feelings. Make amends. Take the high road.

That same holds true for all of the local candidates. Those who won should be grateful and gracious — grateful for those who voted for them and gracious to their opponents and their supporters. This isn’t the time to gloat or get back at someone you think may have campaigned in a less than honorable manner. Be the bigger person. Reach out and make peace.

And if you lost, the same holds true. Don’t hold a grudge. Don’t be spiteful. It’s a waste of time. The voters have spoken and you were not the victor. You can always run again in a future election, and you don’t want to do anything that might jeopardize your future chances.

And lastly, make today the day for removing campaign signs around the county. Candidates, please don’t leave them up for weeks or even months. They are cluttering up many corners and right of ways all around the community. Don’t leave it for someone else to do. Take the initiative and take them down yourself. Win or lose, the signs belong to you, your name is on them, and you are the person who will catch the ire of individuals for not removing them in a timely manner.

Today is a day for coming together as a community. Be thankful that the democratic process is still alive and well and that you have been able to be a part of it.

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