To the Editor: Election gave woman renewed faith in citizens' evolving struggle to get it right
Written by Norma Davenport   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:22
The day after the election, the sun was shining, and on my way to work, I could not help noticing that a sense of peace and calm had returned to our small town.  I was surprised to see people assuming a business as usual mode.  I wondered what had happened to all those dire, end of the world predictions before the election regardless of which candidate we elected.  We, the people, did not experience a civil war, riots in the streets, or the fulfilling of any other doomsday prophesy.  Instead, I felt a renewed faith in our citizens' evolving struggle to get it right.  As with most elections, if both sides are willing to listen, there are always lessons to learn and personal inventories to review.
It is my hope that most of us can agree that both candidates are good people who love their families and both politicians want what is best for our country.  In addition, I pray that we can agree that most voters, like the politicians they vote for, are also good citizens who love their families and want what is best for this country.  If this is true, can we visualize our voters to include men, women, gay, straight, whites, blacks, Latinos, Asians, veterans, soldiers, and any other category of people that you might want to add.
Most people that I know and love just want a fair shot at getting a job, raising a family, having affordable health care, and perhaps more importantly, feeling pride in themselves for being responsible adults.  Are there exceptions to this declaration?  Of course, there are, but not just from people who are on welfare.  We can find a misguided sense of entitlement on Wall Street, as well as main street, USA.  Many people, including myself, would much rather give deserving people a hand up, rather than, a hand out.
I am so grateful to live in this great country, where each day, I have the opportunity to make a difference . . . in the lives of my family, friends, coworkers, and even, the people who disagree with me. Without them, I would not be required to grow, or to reexamine my preconceived attitudes and beliefs.
Norma Davenport
Bowling Green

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