Hoping for more leadership in 2017

There are some new faces in local and state government offices, in addition to the big changes in Washington that have set the nation to fighting with one another.

We can only call for some local and regional calm as we begin 2017 and hope for the best from all our municipal, county and state leadership, as well as those who represent us in Congress.

As citizens of our communities and states and the nation, we should remember that the success of the people we elected leads to the success of the places we elected them to lead.

Our best hope is that toxic campaigns and toxic fights after the campaigns are somehow set aside to allow those we named to govern us to do just that — govern us.

It’s past time to remember that governance of a diverse people never was and never can be, nor should it be, a winner-take-all, my-way-or-the-highway system.

Government of the people, by the people and for the people needs to focus on the word “people” and just who comprises “people.” We are not all white, nor all black. We are not all Republican, nor all Democrat.

We are the people of Steubenville or Weirton or Wellsburg or Wintersville. We are proud Mountaineers or Buckeyes. And all of us are citizens of a great nation that needs to find its way and quickly for the good of us all.

From the city halls to the courthouses, from the state capitols to Capitol Hill, we hope for a less tumultuous, more leadership-filled 2017.


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