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December 2, 2020

11/9/2020 11:41:00 AM
We the people, are the ones that make the change
By the time this paper has reached newsstands, another important election has come and gone.
It has been quite an interesting one to say the least. We have all seen this year leading up to it-a worldwide pandemic, social injustice issues, and politic battles over the specifics of wearing fabrics in public.
I've covered a few smaller scale elections-through county board and school board elections. However, this is my first time covering a major presidential election as a reporter for a community newspaper organization.
We've seen letters to the editor endorsing candidates on both sides of the political spectrum-we've seen rebuttals that we've had to pull because they had become too distasteful for our readers.
I had some personal circumstances happen, so I took the option to cast my absentee ballot when I had it. We all had our choice how we wanted to exercise our right to vote.
This election is an election like no other. This is a time where I can't help but worry, what will the next four years be like.
I can't help but reflect on the last election in 2016. On social media, I saw friends and family members sever longheld relationships with each other. I remember thinking "Really, no ballot is worth losing a relationship."
I also see posts that small businesses were having to barricade their windows because of the election outcomes, not knowing what type of emotional reactions would ensue the following day. Is that what our country has come too-is this what we want? I sure as hell don't!
My parents had differing opinions on how our country should be run, but one thing they truly agreed on is this-we as citizens are the ones who make the difference. We the people are the ones who can help call attention to policies that don't make sense, and we have the power as citizens to vote on ideals that we believe in.
I hope we can get back to that country.

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