Hello Neosho! How was your week? Wow, that was some election! I know I’m still sort of a whipper-snapper and don’t have all of the life experience that some of you do, but I haven’t ever been as shocked at an election outcome as I was on Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning. I was really surprised that President –Elect Trump was able to win. I guess you can’t believe everything you read and hear in the mainstream media. I thought it was going to be closer than many projected, but I really didn’t think enough dominoes would fall to allow him to get to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Hello Neosho!  How was your week? Wow, that was some election! I know I’m still sort of a whipper-snapper and don’t have all of the life experience that some of you do, but I haven’t ever been as shocked at an election outcome as I was on Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning.  I was really surprised that President –Elect Trump was able to win.  I guess you can’t believe everything you read and hear in the mainstream media. I thought it was going to be closer than many projected, but I really didn’t think enough dominoes would fall to allow him to get to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  
Elections can be exciting or disappointing, depending on which side of the equation you’re on. I was pleased with most candidate/ballot initiative outcomes, but as in all elections, you seldom get 100 percent of what you were voting and wishing for. One thing I was particularly happy to see was all the participation in this year’s election.
 Low voter turnout has always baffled and aggravated me, but I certainly can’t blame voters who’ve become disillusioned with bad politicians, broken promises, and the wall-to-wall negativity that seemingly permeates the whole political landscape. While I can identify with political disappointments, I would personally feel somewhat traitorous to not exercise the freedom that millions fought, bled, or died for me to have.  
A vast majority of the governments that currently rule over our world extend very few freedoms to their citizenry, but thanks to our founders and veterans, America isn’t one of them. Do we have problems? Certainly we do, but not the kind that China, North Korea, Iran, etc. do. All in all, even in spite of our faults, America is a great place to live. I feel that the best method to keep it that way is to stay politically involved with our community, state, and nation.
Can any of us truly fathom the price that’s been paid to get our country to where it is today? I really do have a hard time comprehending the cost that has been paid over the last two hundred and forty years to make us free, to keep us free, and to right the wrongs of slavery and to preserve our union. Whether at Lexington and Concord in the revolutionary war, or while hunting Bin Laden in Pakistan during the war on terror, or anywhere in between, our military has given so much to ensure the freedoms that we all enjoy.  It would certainly be a shame for any of us to be apathetic or ungrateful about these blessings.  
As of the writing of this column, I’m eagerly anticipating a veteran’s ceremony at the courthouse (Thursday) and a Veteran’s Day gathering at the Civic this morning. Whether you choose to decorate a grave, make a call, send a thank you note, or buy lunch for those who’ve served, be sure to take a moment this week to honor some of the finest folks to grace our nation.
Have a great week and God bless you; God bless America, and all the honorable military personnel that serve and have served. Happy Veteran’s Day to all!  

The opinions in this column are those of Mayor Charles Collinsworth and and not necessarily of Neosho City Council.