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Opinion: Both Sides Offer Hope for Future

Written By Editor on 5/12/14 | 5/12/14


Over the past two weeks, as editor of this publication, I have been fortunate enough to be invited to and attend both the local Republicans "Lincoln Day Dinner," and the Democrats "FDR Dinner," where elected officials and party faithful alike joined together to celebrate their respective parties past, present, and future.  

As I observed leaders in both parties espouse confidence, hope, and optimism for the future of Schoharie County, it dawned on me that neither side was that much different from the other. Sure, there are underlying ideological disputes, but nothing too serious that they shouldn't be able to work together. 

The only exception to that rule would be Democratic candidate for Congress Sean Eldridge, who in stark contrast to Representative Chris Gibson, spent a significant amount of time attacking his opponent in the upcoming congressional election and reflected the worst of party politics today.

However, for the most part, I walked away from both events feeling more hopeful about this county's future, because at the end of the day we all want what is best for our friends and neighbors. Our views might differ, and elections still occur, but our goal of creating a stronger Schoharie County is  - thankfully - a bipartisan platform we can all get behind. 

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