Shauna Thornton: Find common ground, move forward

  • By Shauna Thornton
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 8:26pm
  • Opinion

“You can observe a lot by watching.” – Yogi Berra

A fitting statement this election cycle, there are many things learned by observation and applying some simple logic behind the strategies of those running for office. It can be difficult to hear over the sensationalism and reality TV tactics swarming our senses at every turn. The noise of the few are drowning out the rational, common sense in all of us and driving many to frustration and agitation, myself included. As a candidate, I value your time and opinion on every subject. Why, because a legislator represents the people. Plainly said, I am interviewing with each and every one of you for an opportunity to serve as your legislator. Leaders should be seeking you out and listen when you speak.

I believe that how hard your candidates are working now is a direct reflection on how hard they will work for you in Juneau. A team of volunteers and I have worked tirelessly to be at as many events, functions, and to show up at your doors, call on the phone and listen and be available. I have had many conversations, and I understand that this will be a tough yet very rewarding job. I feel I am up to the task at hand. The very future of Alaska is at stake; we have for the past 25 years worked on many projects, that should be either in the advancement phase or scrapped. Review of these old projects requires looking at the bottom line and applying real sound logic and common sense. Budgeting and getting the most for our dollar is something, necessary to move forward. I have that background and experience required to do what it takes to keep Alaska moving forward.

Character, civility, and a willingness to work with others from varying backgrounds, beliefs and sitting down together to solve problems is our key to the future. This civility is something that this election cycle has highlighted as being in great need. Finding common ground and building upward is what will keep things moving forward. Hearing the news every day and the negative comments just because someone does not believe the way you does not give one license to scream, yell or otherwise assassinate their character. Civility and treating others with respect is something that should be as common as going to the grocery store. The bullying and bashing that is going on just because of a letter behind your name on the ballot are just ludicrous. It is important to look at the character and the work ethic this will be what moves us past the difficulties that we will face in the future. Even though we disagree, we are neighbors, and this should come first. We have far more common ground than we do hate and incivility.

As Alaskans, we need to pull together, remember we are a community first and do what is necessary and right not because someone is watching but as someone who cares about their community.

We are going to hear many things this next week, the good, the bad and the ugly of communication will come out in force. Just remember this… Who was your candidate before the campaign?

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