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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
The morning after a historic Election DayPosted 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.
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