- - Tuesday, November 8, 2016


In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Nowadays, many like-minded and concerned citizens feel the same way about our elected and wannabe elected officials, and about the future of our country. Further, many of us didn’t much care for our election choices this year.

While I am pleased and proud to return and report that I was the very first voter in West Virginia’s Berkeley County, I also confess that my heart truly yearned for some better ballot-box choices. Too many politicians from both parties seek out their own self-aggrandizement over the good of the voters. Their pandering leads them to believe that they know better than we do about what’s best for us and our families.

Even so, and regardless of who you supported in this year’s elections, let not our hearts be troubled. There are many laws that should still be enacted to make our nation greater. There are many reforms that would still go far to help curb the excesses of our nation’s “good old boy” system and our go-along-to-get-along government.

That’s why it’s so important for all of us to continue now that election day is over. We must follow up with our newly-elected officials and pursue the desire and expectation that our voices be heard.


Falling Waters, W.V.

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