OK, we can all breathe a sigh of relief now.
The mailbox flyers, the robocalls, the endless TV ads — some truthful, some obviously not — should now all be vestiges of Campaign 2014, and that can now been committed to history.
We, as votres, have made our decisions, most of us have won some and lost some, and now — cliche as it sounds — it is time for all to move forward.
But perhaps more than ever, it is now time to once again unite and move forward and all work together for the good of our communities, our state and the nation as a whole.
That must, of course, begin in our national and state legislative bodies, where, when you think about it, candidates who have talked openly about the need to practice bipartisanship fared well when the polling places closed and the results came through last night.
From national and state issues such as health care, to localized issues such as seeking to bolster our local and state economies, all will require cooperation in the halls of Congress, the State House and elsewhere. But all will also require treating those with opposing views with respect on the most local of levels.
If there was a ringing message at the polls Tuesday, it was a sense that all of us are indeed in this together, and all of those who turned out to vote Tuesday clearly did so to express their views on their choices of our leaders and, by extension, on the courses we should choose.
That means Tuesday night’s winners should not dismiss the views of those of those whose candidates or ideas were defeated — any more than those whose candidates and ballot question sentiments were outvoted should disrespect the vote and the decisions rendered at the polls.
Yes, some of the campaigns were contentious — and that’s understandable. Candidates and voters on both sides of many issues feel passionately about their beliefs and ideas, and that’s a good thing.
But now that the votes have been tallied, and the decisions rendered, let us hope we can all join forces and work together for a better and brighter future — for our city, towns, commonwealth and country. That, in the end, is what last night’s decisions are supposed to be all about.