Election now settled, time to get back to being Americans

November 8, 2012 

No matter which side of the red state blue state divide one might sit, the one notion that draws bipartisan support is the happiness that the 2012 election season is over. While the national winners and losers are being tallied, races closer to home will have much more impact.

Riding President Obama’s coattails to victory were District Attorney-elect David Cooke and Clerk of Superior Court-elect Erica Woodford. Both individuals will have to work overtime to get up to speed. For Cooke, adding a prosecutor to handle sex-trafficking cases may be the least of his new priorities. He has fences to mend and his statements following the election didn’t inspire confidence in prosecutors that they would still have a job come January. Woodford, has to move into the workings of an office she knows little about. Linda Tillman has already indicated that if she lost she would retire. Woodford would do well to convince her to stay around long enough for her to get a handle on procedures necessary for the smooth operation of our courts.

Another disappointment was the overwhelming approval of Amendment 1 dealing with charter schools. More than $2 million flooded the state in support for the proposal, most of it from out of state. The new charter school commission will still have to guard the door from for-profit management companies and from what are private schools now, seeking to tap public dollars.

Election days are always exciting. It’s when the people, no matter their circumstances or blessings, are on equal footing. Everyone gets but one vote, and in this election, although the final tally won’t be known for weeks, almost 115 million exercised that most-prized right. Now we can all get back to being Americans -- red, white and blue.

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