Now the hard work begins.
The pages of this edition were at the printer before results were in on Tuesday’s election, and we’re elated that it’s over. Now the hard work begins.
As we write this, we aren’t sure who controls the hallowed halls of the U.S. Senate or just how vast the Republican majority in the U.S. House will be.
We don’t know if Kansas is sending an Independent or a Republican to the U.S. Senate. When this paper finds you, there may be a new Governor waiting to take office in January, or, the current Governor could have swept back into office to continue his roadmap.
There may be changes in the top governing official at the county, and any number of seats in the Kansas House may have changed hands or parties.
It’s difficult to know the outcome before all the votes are cast, but one thing we know for certain: This was a polarizing, exhausting election.
We cannot recall seeing more commercials or receiving more mail, more email, more doorstep campaigners or robo telephone calls in any election in recent memory.
It felt like all eyes were on Kansas, and we hope we’re sending good people to do right by the people of this state.
We hope a top priority of the recently-elected officials is prepared to govern in a transparent way, always keeping the people who elected them in clear view.
We’d like to see some of the polarization subside — at least for awhile as the group begins to settle into Topeka and into Washington, D.C. We hope our leaders will make a conscious effort to not live in an echo chamber.
We urge those elected on Nov. 4 to reach out to the other side. Spend some time learning from those on the opposite side of the aisle. Learn to get along and work together graciously.
That doesn’t mean forgetting principles or declining to debate or discuss the issues at hand. It simply means agreeing to disagree – in both word and in deed.
It’s time to put the mud-slinging of the election behind us and work to build a state and country that everyone – both the winners and the losers — can be proud of.
There is good and bad in everyone and everything, and it’s time we start remembering the good qualities of those on the other side rather than rehashing some of the bad.
This isn’t a call to put aside politics, but it is a call to put aside politics as usual. We each need to remember that differences in opinion don’t have to result in ripping apart the fabric of this state or country. There’s room for lots of different voices and opinions at the table of governance. So let’s start acting that way.
Now the hard work begins.