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Getting back to normal

November 9, 2007 - LLee Janssen

The election is over and it's time to move ahead.

As news editor, the past month has been an exhausting roller-coaster ride. My observation over the years has been that local politics can be just as dirty as those on the national scene. And I'm always left with that one big question: Why would anybody put themselves through that? Political jobs don't always pay well, and that's when they do pay, so it's got to be one of two things: Ego, or a sincere interest in community service. Maybe both. Granted there may be other reasons too, but I'd like to believe that for most local elected officials, they really do have the right motivation, the desire to see our communities and our school systems thrive while looking out for the average Joe.

My hat's off to those who entered the fray, regardless of the outcome.

As a home-grown Williamsport girl who once moved to the cornfields of Muncy Township but fled back within three months to the comfort of at least a small-city environment, I want more than anything to believe that our revised council and new mayor will build on all of the positives that many behind-the-scenes folks have been working on for years. Yes, address the problems up front, but have the savvy to know that this town is more than just the sum of its problems, that this town's problems are mirrored in smaller scale in smaller areas, that societal trends are bigger than this city.

Yet remember that this city has always had its share of people who step up to the plate when the going has gotten tough and pulled together to get past its problems. There is no political superhero that can snap his fingers and automatically make it so. But teamwork will take the community much farther.

It will be interesting to watch the incoming administration in coming weeks as the city prepares for another budget season.


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