We and Biden must find common ground

The most important promise President-elect Biden must follow through with is not a policy but an approach. He promised to be the president of all Americans.

What is the super glue to unite a deeply divided nation? We can argue on what is worth preserving, but I am sure, there are positives which we should consider keeping and building on moving forward. Fully reversing course will not only stop the ship for a long time but would also create sincere doubts about our prospects avoiding gridlock. It will not bring the country together, if Biden will start issuing executive orders to dismantle everything in sight. His focus should be first on things that build consensus rather making our rift even deeper than before.

Above all issues facing our nation, I believe one of the most important is to mend relationships within our own local community, figuring out how not to look at each other with suspicion, as enemies or traitors. Before this election, I was standing daily with my sign at one of the busiest intersections near Mill Creek. I was not really surprised by all the hand gestures, vicious shouts directed at me, but it made me sad. As a former refugee from behind the Iron Curtain, I am honestly worried about my chosen country, future life of my grandchildren.

Restarting conversations, even in our own families, will be difficult, but necessary. Without honest dialogues we will continue to be divided. The media, Herald included, could play a critical role in this.

This is the time to stop the “Elections have consequences!” mentality. Let’s find common ground, allow common sense to rule our land so we can be united again.

Peter Ferenczy

Everett

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