A Moment To Breathe After A Long Election Year

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Most likely, by the time you read this, the election will be over.

You will have cast your ballot and, if you are like us, you will be ready to move on.

This has been a long year of elections -- beginning with the Payson and Star Valley town council elections, then immediately jumping into a competitive justice of the peace race and now a road-cluttering state election.

If you're like us, you feel like a wrung-out dishrag.

We're ready for a nonpolitical holiday season, full of turkey and free of attack ads. We're ready for commercials to go back to selling us i-Pods and Applebee's.

And most of all, we are ready for the signs to go away.

While we love this democracy and the multiple opportunities we were given this year to participate in it, we are exhausted.

We would like to give the community a ringside shoulder rub, a pat on the back and then change the subject to something beyond who should fill which seat.

Now that the year of elections is behind us, it's time to focus on who we put in all those offices.

Being elected is not a mandate or a free ride. All that door-to-door campaigning and all the newspaper, radio and television ads were full of promises.

Questioning our elected officials is not poor sportsmanship or unpatriotic.

It is part of the process.

Democracy is a full circle that does not stop at the polls.

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