Give us some credit for car­ing on the lo­cal front – it’s not all a ref­er­en­dum

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - FORUM / STATE / DEAR ABBY FORUM -

Ref­er­en­dum? We’ve got to say it: we feel a bit peeved at the gen­er­al­iza­tion made about this elec­tion: that it all boils down to a ref­er­en­dum about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Ad­mit­tedly, as this was be­ing writ­ten, it seemed that par­tic­i­pa­tion in the mid-term elec­tions was more ro­bust than usual. And we con­cede that a good deal of that ex­tra oomph likely spouts from a well of con­cern, one way or the other, about our pres­i­dent, the things he does, the things he says.

But ac­cord­ing to an­a­lysts, just about all our vot­ing on na­tional races and the way we voted for state races and some of the mea­sures on the bal­lot, boils down to how we feel about Trump. That’s what the re­sults of this elec­tion are sup­posed to mean? That it’s all about Trump, as well as the us-ver­sus-them men­tal­ity Amer­ica has de­vel­oped over the last few decades?

They’re get­ting car­ried away. It’s not all about Trump. It’s not all about any one thing. It’s about us car­ing about lo­cal and re­gional is­sues. It was still us vot­ing for those we be­lieve will do the best job, will best rep­re­sent our views, for what will best ac­com­mo­date what we would like to have hap­pen.

Most of us, we think, still voted for the Assem­bly can­di­date we have the most con­fi­dence in. Same with state sen­a­tor, same with gov­er­nor, U.S. sen­a­tor, con­gres­sional del­e­gates. We voted for or against Mea­sure K be­cause of how we feel about lo­cal ser­vices and lo­cal taxes.

Even though the rolls were aug­mented by angst and en­thu­si­asm for the pres­i­dent, we still de­serve recog­ni­tion for tak­ing part in the de­ci­sion mak­ing of our lo­cal gov­ern­ments. Good job, ev­ery­one.

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