Saturday, September 17, 2016

Politics Shouldn't Be Ugly!

A few years ago, I attended the Arizona School Board Association Conference where Sandra Day O'Connor was the keynote speaker. She spoke of the time when she was in the Arizona Legislature when they would disagree during the day, but get together in the evening as friends. She talked about differences of opinions being just that and not interfering with friendships. They would argue during the day, but have a barbecue at night and get together. 

My cousin, Tony Gabaldon, was a state senator for 20 years from Flagstaff and he was one of the legislators during that time. I remember having many conversations with him during this time. He died in 1998 and he was an amazing advocate for Arizona. 

When I heard the news about the death of Rose Mofford and read the article in the Arizona Republic about her life, I remembered that there were times when we could all work together for the common good no matter what our political differences were. My mom was a friend of Rose's. They worked together at the state in the 40's. I have fond memories of times that I was able to get to know her. 

What has happened in our society that we can't work together any more and that we criticize each other for our beliefs? My hope is that we as Americans can put aside our differences and work together for the common good. We have an amazing country made up of so many different people. And that is what makes the USA great. I am proud that my mom was a friend of Rose Mofford's and that era is missed. We all need to reflect on where we want to go as a state and as a country. And here is a picture of my Rose Mofford watch!!

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