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The morning after a historic Election Day

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 5:47 AM

It's the morning after a truly historic General Election Day.

The sun did rise.

This nation has selected its first African-American president.

Democrat Brack Obama sincerely deserves our congratulations, patriotic support and prayers of encouragement and guidance as our country marches forth with an agenda of change.

The voters have spoken, and our system of democracy has worked.

The voters through the ballot box in record numbers both nationally and right here in our own backyard in Greene County where 71.38 percent of the 19,626 registered voters went to the polls -- either before the election in early voting, by absentee ballot or in person -- on a picture-perfect warm fall day.

There were 'never before seen' long lines in many Greene County precincts where some voters waited nearly an hour an half to exercise their right to vote.

The last presidential election in November 2004 saw a 67.68 percent turnout when 13,601 of 20,095 registered county voters cast a ballot.

In the 2006, General Election during a non-presidential year, 61 percent of the registered Greene County voters (10,925) went to the polls or voted absentee.

The numbers tell me many people felt Tuesday election was very important for many good reasons.

We can all wake up today and feel proud that our system of democracy -- for which our forefathers and the proud military personnel serving today have and are standing in harm's way to protect -- has been tested and it's still working.

This nation has selected its leaders.

It was a tough race.

At times, a dirty race and both political parties can take ownership in that.

But it's a new day.

The sun has risen and it's time to move on.

Now is time for this nation and this county to unite and heal.

It time for all of to hold our heads high.

We must come together -- putting aside our political policy, social and philosophic differences and do what is good for our country, the state of Indiana and Greene County.

Nationally, we must get a handle on our economic woes and retain a firm position of military stature for the good of our domestic and foreign affairs.

It's time to mend our past failures and work together in the halls of Congress in our nation's capitol to put this nation back on the path aimed by our founding fathers.

I have confidence it will happen.

The story of the rise of president-elect Obama to the Oval Office should be inspiring to both his supporters and his foes. Its' a story of the American

Dream written before our own eyes. We need to grasp on to what this man has accomplished and offer our accolades to him.

Everyone -- no matter what your political preferences are -- needs to extend a cooperative hand and say we will work together even if we are different and diverse in our views, policy ideas and methods.

We remain one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.

We must work together.

We did not get into this mess over night and again both political parties can take ownership to the things that have gone wrong.

But now is the time to move toward all the hope, promises, pledges and dreams that everyone has been hearing about for months now from both political parties.

On the local front, history was also made.

Greene County has it's first-ever female judge with the selection of Republican Dena Martin as Greene Superior Court Judge in a hard-fought race with Democrat Jacob Fish.

Several new faces will greet the county commissioners -- Democrats Kermit Holtsclaw and Steve Lindsey -- and the county council -- Rae Della Cravens, a Democart, and Jerry Frye, a Republican.

Cravens squeaked out a three-vote win for the third slot as an at-large council member over incumbent Republican Ken Gremore.

We have a new county treasurer in Democrat Shelby Meurer.

It was the day to be nicknamed "Butch" on the Greene County ballot.

William "Butch" Brown earned a vote of confidence and will return tho his role as a member of the county council for a third term and County Surveyor Ira "Butch" Wright won a second term.

Our county -- like our nation -- faces some serious challenges.

Tough budget decisions will need to be made in the coming months and years as this county like many in the state of Indiana will be challenged to make ends meet.

Finally, I think we have listened and heard way too much talk about the "sky is falling" and doomsday day proclamations about the government taking control of our personal hard-earned property from a very small, but vocal group of naysayers opposed to any form of land use planning.

I really feel they didn't had the future good of our county and the next generation at heart.

It appears the voters agreed.

The group backed selected candidates with their voices and dollars and interestingly all those candidates woke up today not in the win column.

Again, our county has spoken as a whole.

It is time to move forward and continue to talk about some common sense planning.

Our future depends on it.

Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com or nschneider@gcdailyworld.com


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Well put Nick maybe now we can get over those hurdles that can make it impossible to grow as a county. And why are there no presidential election results in the paper?

-- Posted by nutzz6934 on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 6:38 AM
Nick Schneider's response:
Thanks for the kind words. The presidential results are on the website.....in the AP video section.

As the country has voted for change so has the county. I hope all those elected recognize the mantle they have assumed. We have opportunities and challenges facing us which will require thoughtful, forward thinking, well researched, and compromised solutions. The challenege to all voters is to stay the course and stay involved rather than slip back into our quiet complacency. Congratulations to all, condolences to Ken Gremore, his defeat is truly a loss. The tone in the nation and county is one of hope and positive possibilities. Let's now focus on actions that turn those possibilities into realities.

-- Posted by lookingahead on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 7:10 AM

I am now NEWLY HOPEFUL. What a miracle!! So many people who were on the fence told me that they were simply going to pray very hard that our next President was the right one for our country. God answers prayers. I know in my heart that is who we elected! This is the first campaign I've ever gotten directly involved in and I am proud and amazed that I woke up in a 'blue state' of Indiana this morning! None of us should worry or fear, God is in control!

-- Posted by STILLHOPEFUL on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 8:38 AM

Minerman4:

The root of the word Prejudice comes from Pre-judge. To judge beforehand. Mr. Obama has not yet had the opportunity to prove what kind of president he will make. He may turn out to be just exactly what is needed to turn around the economy and make changes that are so needed. Or your words may be prophetic. But let's wait and see before we judge him.

Mr. McCain encouraged his supporters to lend their support, with his own, to the new President-elect. He called Mr. Obama his new president. So if you are a supporter of Mr. McCain, you should follow his words and lend your support to Mr. Obama.

Queenie

-- Posted by Queenie on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:19 AM

MinerMama4, are you even going to give our new president a chance? It sounds as if you've already decided the next four years are going to be horrible. Give him a chance and see what he can do for this country. If he does well -- great. If he doesn't do well -- it wouldn't be the first time we've elected a president who didn't accomplish much while in office.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:51 AM

If you listened to Obama's speech last night after the decision, he called for unity.

Quit the petty bickering, and let's become the innovative America we were at one time! There is no reason why we have grossly inefficent vehicles, a ridiculously complex & inefficient medical care system, and growing educational issues in this country.

We could use some uniting in Greene County too!

-- Posted by JimmyJoeJingle on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 10:14 AM

I am SO happy to live in a blue state!!! Who knew? YES WE CAN... WES WE DID!!!!!!

-- Posted by weimgirl on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 10:53 AM

In Barak Obama's speech last night I don't believe I heard the word "I" even once. President elect Obama, given the chance, and the support of the American people, just may be the best thing to happen in a very long time. The whole world seems to be excited about this election, and maybe, just maybe, we can regain our standing in the world as a leader-nation who practices what we preach. And maybe, just maybe, we can finally rebuild an America, that produces for all of it's people, as was intended.

You can't talk about the "American Dream" in one breath and take the opportunity to achieve it away in the next. If history has ever shown us anything, it is that when the middle-class does well, everybody does well, including the ultra-rich. This is not class warfare or socialism, it's common since. This is the very reason that America has always been the innovative leader of the world, because it has always allowed it's people the opportunity to explore their ideas, work hard to achieve them, and reach new heights in doing so. For the last eight years we have turned away from the people and focused on making the rich even richer (trickle down) and they have not been willing to play fair with their new found riches. They have not been willing to trickle it down, but instead have gammed the unregulated country in order to make even more for themselves. To that end, the working-class have paid a terrible price, our families, our kids, and our kids, kids, are now paying and are going to be paying for their indiscretions for many years to come.

Thank God!! Our country has finally woke up and elected someone who genuinely seems to care about everyone. It won't be easy, but it would be a lot easier if everyone would give him a chance before passing judgement.

-- Posted by utudlc on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 12:13 PM

I hear "unity" from one dem and "we're blue!" from another. Doesn't sound like unity to me.

-- Posted by lilpatrietta on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 3:24 PM

I believe that Jerry Frye is a Republican, not a Democrat.

-- Posted by taximom on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:16 PM
Nick Schneider's response:
Thank you. You are correct and the mistake had been corrected.

Nick,

Many thanks for your fair and unbiased coverage of election issues and the candidates. I found that your reporting on the candidates and issues helped me make informed decisions about voting.

One thing that impressed me about the Greene County results were how few 'straight party' voters there were. That tells me that folks were thoughtful about their selections. No doubt your coverage helped others as well!

-- Posted by allonecounty on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:51 PM

It's funny that when the Dems win, they talk about unity. When the GOP wins, we hear "Dissent is the truest form of patriotism." In fact, that's all we heard for the past eight years. I'm glad the Dems feel that way because I plan on showing my patrioism every chance I get for the next four years. Democrat definition of unity: Everyone doing everything our way.

-- Posted by Hoosier Scientist on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 10:10 AM

I hope President Elect Obama keeps his promises and we are on a path to better things for all.

Nick, I thought your article this week was thoughtful and well written.

-- Posted by lintonite on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 11:04 AM

Queenie & ISUgrad06:

I believe you may have misunderstood Minerman4 a little bit. I read what he said, and I don't think it's necessarily prejudiced or necessarily an indictment of Obama himself. Minerman4's main point, I think, was "No complaining for 4 years!!!!" and here's why: Because Obama is African-American, the Establishment is going to be especially protective of him. Therefore, there will grow a feeling in this country that you cannot criticize Obama or it will be taken as a threat, or evidence that you are "racist". Even the idea of it is going to keep a lot of people from speaking their true minds. It's similar to what the Patriot Act did for Bush, in a way.

This will work in Obama's benefit in more ways than one, and it is especially dangerous now that his own party also controls Congress. Other politicians are going to be reluctant to oppose him for fear of being seen as "racist". A lot of people probably didn't want to vote against him in the election for the same reason. Racism is still way more taboo than discrimination by gender or by age, which is why Hillary Clinton and then John McCain each lost against him. On the other hand, I think there are going to be a lot of Obama fans who are going to turn off everyone else by their "cockiness" (yes, I've seen it already! especially here in Blue-mington!) but to his credit the president-elect has already warned his supporters about that.

In any event, change has come, and that would've been the case even if McCain won, so let's hope the next president does a good job! Let's just be wary of what the one-party controlled government is going to try to do in the name of "Hope" and "Change" though. But remember: ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN BUSH!!! LET'S CELEBRATE THAT HE IS ALMOST GONE!!!

-- Posted by zenos on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 11:56 AM

zenos, I agree -- anything is better than Bush!

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 1:04 PM

I think locally, we need to recognize that those candidates that came out and stated specifically they were against land use planning and zoning were all defeated. An indirect referendum has been conducted on land use planning and land use planning is more widely accepted than previously thought. We need to get moving on this...has anybody noticed the HUGE billboards that are being erected around the county? So much for our rural integrity.

-- Posted by lookingahead on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 4:47 PM

Nick,

Great speech.

As if you won something yourself.

I hope that our Constitution will not erode any more over the next 4 years. I will keep fighting for it. At the national, state, and local level. No matter if my property values go down, my great paying job is lost and my road gets worse.

These things are not as important as OUR constitution, OUR freedom.

If Local Government imposes land use restrictions on property, have they not taken the rights away from the owner?

___________________________________________

jest my 2 cents worth, non-taxable(for now)

-- Posted by hilljak on Thu, Nov 6, 2008, at 7:30 PM

So any government is socialism, but small government is okay???

Too many people throw out the word socialism like it applies to anything and everything.

A constitution is a written plan of government. Is that socialist too?

It seems you have issue with the way in which government fulfills the constitution. By the way... The Preamble is the introductory paragraph...not the whole Constitutuion.

The Constitution was made to adapt. If they wanted it to be a strict plan of government...the wouldn't have amendments.

Isn't it funny Hamilton and Jefferson had the same concerns/views shortly before the Constitution was ratified.

Anytime we elect a new president there will be fears. Will three months really be enough time to make an educated decision?

-- Posted by GCC on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 10:50 AM

I find it humorous when a true blue Constitutionalist tries to imply we have wavered from the American way because we don't strictly follow the Constitution. It is a plan for government...a blueprint...not the final product!

It was written to adapt...I would imagine you enjoy your Bill of Rights. If it didn't adapt we would have had to scrap it years ago(actually it would have never been ratified in the first place). That is the beauty of the Constitution. The framers did not know where this country would go...they just wanted it to have a government that can go with it.

Zoning is not socialism!! Then again porn shops next to public libraries would be a real education. Or maybe a pig farm next to a commercial business area. That my friends is Capitalism at work.

I'm glad you make of 1/4 of a million dollars. Surely your wallet will handle the same amount of taxes you payed under Clinton.

I don't recall anyone requiring adults to have insurance. It seems you are missing the point. People want to be able to afford insurance. You love choice, but some families have no choices...Is that the American way too?

-- Posted by GCC on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 2:11 PM

"I guess America will reap what she has sown. Hopefully, she has sown unity and a Constitutional Republic, but I doubt it."

With all due respect, GCP, but the former relies on your willingness to set aside blind partisan differences, and stand behind your elected President. What, I suppose, would define a "patriot," in its most strict sense.

The latter is laughable for a Bush-apologist.

This could turn out to be a bad mistake.

The Obama Experiment.

Who knows?

It could also turn out darn great.

-- Posted by GarthHudson on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 6:33 PM

I find it funny that people are calling may of the ideas President-elect Obama has "socialistic" and everyone is up in arms about it, but for the past nearly 3 decades -- we have had an oligarchy in this country where two families (and their surrogates) have run this country (Bushes and Clintons -- whether presidents or VPs).

An oligarchy is most reminiscent of a dictatorship or at least a nation where only a minute select few are in control. Yet, people voted again and again for one family in particular. That is closer to communism (in its raw form) than anything Obama is suggesting.

Perhaps we can all put aside these labels and work together -- because the real difference between our democracy and countries without it --people STILL have a say in government; people STILL have the power of the vote to speak their minds; and the only candidate I heard mention compulsory medical care was Hillary Clinton. Obama's plan (as I read it) does not make anything a mandate.

-- Posted by Greenee on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 6:45 PM

So you are upset with the Democrats handling of justices. Understand, but I would be curious of what laws on top of the Constitution are on the books concerning the matter. Once again...living...breathing...changing document that has served this country due in large part to its flexibility.

Since we are on the topic of the Constitution, what about VP Cheney. He has clearly overstepped his "Constitutional" rights as a VP. Is that an issue with you...or does the hypocrite label only apply to Democrats?

-- Posted by GCC on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 7:46 AM

How has he over stepped? Well, he has had his nose in quite a bit more than presiding over the Senate(and casting his tie breaker vote). I would think a strict Constitutionalist would find the last 8 years of his VP duties disturbing.

With a loose interpretation of the Constitution...it didn't state he couldn't...so that must mean he can.

Apply that to the issue of justices...it doesn't say they can't vote no.

As for the Bible and prayer in school, that isn't the problem. How much Bible was in school in the first place? The problem is the lack of Bible and prayer at home.

Is a teacher more qualified to lead your child in prayer and Bible study? If so is a teacher qualified enough to teach your child about how to keep from getting pregnant(more than the current abstinence approach)? Sounds like some lines are blurred.

-- Posted by GCC on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 11:14 AM

Two things I never thought I would see happen in my lifetime....a non caucasion elected president of the United States and gas under $2 per gallon again. Only in America!

-- Posted by #1LakerFan on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 3:19 PM


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