Editorial: It’s time to focus on the future

Charity. Unity. Understanding.

After a presidential election that became more divisive and biting than compassionate and unifying, we think it’s time to focus on the future. No matter the president, no matter the issue, there are things we can be doing to strengthen our relationships with one another, as human beings.

Going into the holiday season, charity is something that’s on the minds of everyone. There are service men and women that aren’t able to make it home; last year, the U.S. Department of Defense reported as many as 220,000 service men and women would be serving in more than 100 countries, on every continent, that holiday season. Or members of the homeless community, braving the cold because they don’t know where to turn to for help. The Russ Bus, a Russellville-based organization working toward educating and homeless and preventing a further epidemic, says the number of homeless people in the community at one time is constantly fluctuating. Fred Teague, founder, reminds Russellville community members, “homelessness does not discriminate.”

There’s something we can be doing here. Like inviting a service member to join your holiday meal table, or donating to the care drives local organizations they often have for members of the community who are in need. Is there something you can be doing to benefit a charity effort this holiday season?

Unity. Connect. Move forward.

The answer is also a sense of unification. In light of the recent presidential election, even members of the same political party were split. Most notoriously, when Hillary Clinton won out the Democratic nomination over Bernie Sanders. Don’t let political parties divide the connections we have made with each other. The election outcome does not define who we are as individuals and the friends we have made along the way. We, as a human race, need to get unified again. We need to do this for the sake of sanity, prosperity and this country. Start with connecting with a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile or a classmate that you always wondered what their name was but couldn’t get up the nerve to ask.

Understanding. Compassion. Love.

Lastly, have understanding. Life happens and we never know someone else’s story until we ask. Talk to those in your life. You don’t have to agree, but you do have to understand that different people have different opinions and you can still get along. Understand that finals are coming, not even Trump as president can stop that. Understand the world is not perfect but you can make changes in your world. Understand tomorrow is a different day, good or bad it is different, embrace each day a new. Understand that we love you and think you can do anything.

We believe that if you strengthen the world around you, that your family and community become stronger by association. Let’s make us great again. It’s time to focus on the future and strengthening our relationships with one another.