It has now come to pass.
It has now come to pass.
The presidential election of 2012 is over — hopefully.
We say that because at this writing, the election was still in full swing. Our newspaper went to press around its normal time Tuesday afternoon, so we don't know the outcome.
We wanted to take some of this space to explain to our readers why we went to press at a normal time on election day.
Because there were no local races to speak of in this election, we didn't see the need to hold the newspaper until midnight or after to deliver national or even statewide results.
We feel there is enough information available during the election cycle that people can find out very quickly how the races went during this election. With massive amounts of television, the internet and other sources, the information is available.
There was also the distinct possibility the final results would not be available until the wee hours of Wednesday morning or even later. That was the reason we made the decision.
We want to stress this will not be the case in 2013 when there are a large amount of local races which will be decided. From borough councils to township supervisors to members of school boards, there will be plenty of local election interest.
And we will hold our paper when that election rolls around to make sure our readers get the final results as soon as possible. We will be utilizing our website, as well, to inform readers as the night goes along.
We appreciate your understanding and hope you realize why our decision was made.
With all of that said, we'd know like to turn our focus on what happens now that this election has been decided.
As we said, at this writing we have no knowledge about how the national election went last night.
But that doesn't mean there aren't issues which have to be dealt with.
In fact, there are so many issues which have to be dealt with it would be impossible to outline them in one editorial.
But, there are certain things we do know must happen.
The foremost is for people to come down off of their high horses and realize compromise is needed. Digging in your heels and saying, "My way or the highway" simply is not a good answer.
No matter your political persuasion, there has to be compromise.
Budgets need cut and there will almost certainly need to be more revenue brought into the system. Taxing the very wealthy is probably a necessity, like it or not. Many millionaires have said it will have to happen.
The other thing which must happen is to discard old prejudices. For too long, this country has had prejudices dominate the landscape.
Whether it was equal rights or the right for women to vote, prejudices have played a long history in our nation and policies.
In every case, prejudices were reversed and that needs to be the case in the future. There is no place in our society for such beliefs or behavior.
Some of these prejudices nearly toppled this nation, however, wiser heads did prevail and we have come a long way.
But it is not far enough.
Too many people still carry around outdated and, to put it bluntly, ridiculous feelings about others. Oftentimes, they will use religion as justification. That goes against the core message of almost all religions, where treating people equally and fairly is a basic principle.
This nation has been through many difficulties and there will be many more in the future. Some we can control, others we cannot.
But the one thing we can control is reason and logic. Thinking things through thoughtfully and understanding we don't always get our way must get done.
Until people can learn to live like that, we will continue to struggle and the bickering will never end.
Certain bickering is healthy but some is unnecessary and self-centered.
Jump off the high horse and come back down to earth. We have a lot of work to get done.