Looking Forward to 2008

by Gilbert D. Littlewolf | 11/10/04 6:00am

To the Editor:

Like many people, I was literally stunned by the re-election of George W. Bush. For many people it seemed the odds were stacked against good ole George. For many people, John Kerry was going to become the 44th president of the United States. Like many people, I stayed up until early Wednesday morning, hoping Kerry would be the eventual victor despite a growing Bush lead. Unlike many people though, I have chosen to not follow the path the Democratic Party took in 2000 and 2001. I'm not going to fall apart, pout and rant about past events that cannot be changed. For the Democratic Party, this is a harsh lesson to be learned.

Until then, I encourage people to not continue to express the feelings of dismay and regret. Now is the most crucial time, more than ever, to keep going and get involved and more involved in civic affairs. We need to defy the seemingly low civic expectations of our generation.

According to one news source, our generation defied the expectations of a high voter turnout for this election. It is up to us to not let that happen in 2006 and 2008.

To Deborah Wassel ("Candy Bar Blues, November 8), I encourage you to not take the same path as the Democratic Party did in 2000. You are not helping the outlook for our generation with your pessimistic views of past events. Please look forward. You will only be seven days behind, if you step off the scale, and start exercising now.