This column represents the thoughts and opinions of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.
If you know me, you know I do not like election season. Mainly because it brings out the worst in people.
Friend, foe, arch nemesis, neighbor, stranger or visitor, election season can make you change your personal opinion of another person. Partisan or not, election season causes more conflict than move towards a resolution.
I’m not saying there shouldn’t be elections, but voters have to understand they are voting because they think their candidate will do what’s best for the community, county or country.
Since 2013 when I came to the paper, I have seen elections turn very ugly – VERY UGLY. This year is no different.
Words are often twisted or taken the wrong way. I’m not referring to the spat happening on social media although I have noticed it. All it takes is one person to misconstrue something and it turns into a fight within the community.
It’s not that someone said something wrong, they just gave their opinion. There are certain “trigger words” that set people off – streets, diversity, good ole boys, parks and money are just a few local trigger words. There are plenty more, but I only have so many words.
I guess the point I’m making here is support who you choose but do it the right way. I’ve interviewed each of the candidates individually – in fact, I’ve interviewed every school board or city council member – and I have my thoughts and opinions. I keep them to myself because of my position in the community and because I don’t have a duck on the pond in the elections. But if I don’t agree with a candidate, I’m not going to attack them. I don’t agree with everything elected officials do, nobody ever will, but I learn to deal and keep living.
Not everyone agrees with me, and that’s fine, but as long as we can be cordial and civil, there’s not a problem. At the same time, there are people who have attacked me for my opinions. It happens all the time in this business.
Election season can cause distain between individuals and make a community harder to live in. It’s always better to find a way to play together rather than fight now and then have to work together later.
The diversity, equity and inclusion committee is a step in the right direction with that. Have a diverse group of opinions and way of life but work with the people who are different from you to make the quality of life better.
I’m not afraid to run for office, but I’m working through some anger issues that come around between February and May.
I’m going to get off my soapbox now and go watch Windwalkers with the girls. We’ve already seen it, so it might end up watching me . . . sleep.
“It’s good to play together.”
- Xbox slogan