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The pendulum cannot continue to swing this hard

Battle lines are very obviously being drawn no matter which political arena you may be observing.

Whether viewing all of the news, non-news or whatever leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday, or you’re focusing a little closer to home, it would seem there are those preparing for a rumble when it comes to deciding the future of our state and nation.

There definitely are major issues which do need solving, but turning it into a battle to the death is not the solution to any of them.

It doesn’t need to be about Democrats against Republicans, Red versus Blue, donkeys and elephants, liberals or conservatives.

There are bound to be conflicts in any kind of political system. No one is going to get along all the time. However, we need true solutions, not political pandering to send the pendulum swinging more drastically to either side.

We often see bipartisan efforts when it comes to smaller projects, but when the big-ticket items come up for a vote, things usually stay along party lines.

That has to stop, or we are just going to continue going back and forth every four years.

It cannot be a “my way or the highway” approach. Teamwork must come into play at some point, or else I fear we may be heading to the worst-possible scenario.

This past year we have seen just how extreme the nation has gotten politically. Supporters of both sides openly accepting whatever rhetoric they hear as fact, without checking things out.

Threats, protests and disruptions were seen from all angles, and they continue with new accusations, investigations and comments made every day.

There needs to be some peaceful efforts made and some common ground found.

If not, it won’t matter who has been in charge, because chaos will be taking the reigns instead.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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