At the time we're writing this, the results of the 2020 presidential election are still unknown. In fact, and as anticipated, unofficial results in many of our local and state elections remain too …
At the time we're writing this, the results of the 2020 presidential election are still unknown. In fact, and as anticipated, unofficial results in many of our local and state elections remain too close to call, even as some candidates feel confident enough in their lead to declare victory. Regardless, it's important that all the mail-in ballots are tallied to make sure every voice is heard.
No matter what the outcome, there are certain to be those who are thrilled with the results and those who are disappointed. But there are several things that we can all be proud of. It seems as though voter turnout is a modern record - or at least close to it. Even during a pandemic that has caused tremendous suffering and anxiety throughout the country, an enormous number of us still came out to exercise our constitutional right as citizens. Next, it seems as though the dark predictions about violence at the polls or intimidation of voters did not materialize. Except for a handful of isolated incidents, the American people are still respectful of each other even when we disagree. And we can disagree over policy issues while we agree on fundamental principles - that all people deserve equality, liberty and justice.
While protesting and demonstrations are likely to follow a declaration of victory from either candidate, it's most important that they remain peaceful.
No matter who ends up sitting behind the Resolute desk in the White House (and we hope to know very soon) there must be a rebirth of civility in this country. That process begins with each and every one of us. Each of us can make a concerted effort to be more kind and respectful toward each other. When we foster that kind of mindset in our own communities and neighborhoods, we'll start to see it reflected more in the government that represents us.
The good news is that we already have plenty of local role models we can look to as examples of decency, dedication and service. You can read about many of them inside of the 2020 Sullivan County Pride Award journal in this issue!
We'd like to thank the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce for their continued commitment toward shining a light on those in our community who make a real and lasting difference.
This has been a year unlike any other and we have a Pride Journal that's unlike any other too. The 32-page magazine features individuals, volunteers, businesses and organizations who have gone above and beyond throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help some of those who have been impacted the worst.
If a community is only as strong as the people who step up during times of crisis, then we surely have a lot of folks we can be proud of.
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