I have a longstanding fondness for a song I first heard The Byrds perform and later learned that the immortal Pete Seeger had composed. The lyrics to “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, which come from the Book of Ecclesiastes, speak of accepting change in its manifold forms, both good and bad, but with a spirit of hopefulness. As our national and local election seasons enter the penultimate day, I am hopeful that the outcomes will lead to “a time for peace”.
On a personal level, my post-election calendar is less full than it has been since January. The annual holiday season gathering of the Geduldig Clan lies ahead, and opportunities to whittle away at the household “honey-do” list, largely neglected this past year, is on the horizon. I welcome the prospects of returning to some sense of home front normalcy, at least until the new year.
With so many variables at play in our local election, I feel less prescient than ever about the results of the balloting tomorrow. My highest hope, regardless of who ends up as the mayor-, council-, and school board members-elect, is that we will have a true “win” for the city. We need people of integrity, talent, maturity, empathy, good sense, and good will filling those positions. Whether or not I am one of them, I will continue to participate in the democratic process by contributing my best ideas and efforts to improving our Portsmouth for all of our neighbors. I urge all my fellow residents to do the same.
I thank my fellow candidates for putting their talents and energies into seeking to serve our city and all my neighbors who have or will cast ballots in Election 2016 for making the wheels of democracy turn. Sir Winston Churchill said that this form of government is the very worst, except for all the others that humankind has tried at various times. Its only chance to improve lies in citizens informing themselves about issues and office seekers before making their selections.
I look forward to seeing many of you, my fellow citizens, at the polls across our city tomorrow. May our efforts make this a season of change for the better. Choose wisely!