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A moment to reflect and look to the future

For Joe Massaua, a high school student from Villanova, Pa., The election got him excited about what the future could bring …

We have urgent issues to resolve now: Covid-19, a recession, racial justice, and climate change. America is on the way to being more unified than ever before; we must carry it out, with the actions of our local leaders and those on the national scene. We are a diverse American community. I sincerely hope that both sides put politics aside to work for the good of the American people.

… But Drew Currie, writing from Colorado, says there may be no way to correct the country’s differences.

It’s time to find a way to officially split into two nations. Let’s avoid civil war. Let’s use words to find our way through a peaceful division.

Kate Landry of Hickory, North Carolina, worries about the lasting impact of President Trump …

It appears Trump has ripped the bandage from a festering wound of racism, ignorance, and rampant anger and hatred. I am sad and discouraged.

… While Martin Sherlock of Naples, Florida blames the news media.

I listened to bad words in the media and called the president all kinds of names for over four years. I wait to see how you denigrate the next president! The media does not have a journalist or conservative staff, which I see as a big divisive issue. Mr. Trump is absolutely right when he says this is all fake news.

Lee Cross from Fort Smith, Ark., Just wants to go back to not thinking about politics …

I can’t wait to get off this political roller coaster we’ve been on for the past week and return to the ever-growing pile of must-see journals and books to read. And since the Christmas holidays will be very calm this year, I fervently hope that for once we can observe the Advent season as it should be. We all need time for peaceful reflection and – whatever our beliefs – hopes and prayers for the Biden-Harris administration.

… But Tom Levy of Oakland, Calif., Says the fight is far from over…

For those of us who wrote postcards and letters, and banked by phone and SMS to voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia to get out the vote – the election is definitely NOT over. That’s because two Senate seats in Georgia are still up for grabs in the second round of elections scheduled for Jan. 5. Sleep. And rest. Because those of us determined to do our best to help elect Democrats to the Senate in Georgia are about to launch out across the country.

… And Richie Feathers of Boston is already worried about the race after the second round.

Instead of basking in victory for more than a day, I’m already worried about 2022, which, if history is any indication, will now turn red. This early reprimand from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be particularly frustrating as voters will argue that it is not done enough, but return their votes for Republican senators who make sure not enough is done.

Sam Fisher, of Katy, Texas, sees hope for political dialogue near his home …

Hope the knot clears my tummy and my hair stops falling out! I have high hopes because my dear friend and dear cousin have opposing views to mine, politically speaking, and through it all we are working hard to listen to each other, learn from each other, respect each other, love each other and find common ground. And dadgum, if we can do it, the whole nation should be able to do it!

… And Darrell Sabin, of Moraga, Calif., Sees a two-party system working.

I watch this election and I am more convinced than ever that our form of government will stand the test of time. This election has shown that we have two healthy parties. Republicans and Democrats set voter turnout records. Fortunately, our country has Republicans and Democrats. Neither party has all the answers. Both parties are wrong and both parties are “sometimes” right. One part corrects the other part. Messy – but healthy.

But Jo Baxter of Palm City, Florida sees desperate divisions …

I don’t see much hope in this divided and petty environment, where the two sides can’t even agree on the facts of a given situation. I am delighted with the election of Biden, but frightened by the massive amount of support for Trump. Trump could possibly leave the White House, but he has sullied the Oval Office forever.

… And Jeanne-Marie Lane of Everett, Washington, sees an uphill battle ahead.

I’m not really looking for extraordinary and remarkable moments for the next four years. I hope for a return to communication and actions resulting from the willingness to compromise on both sides of the issues, as Trump will not be in the middle, causing continued conflict and mistrust.

It may take four years for all of us to recover, even slightly. Return to respect for each other. We have been in a war zone and it may take more than several years to feel better about yourself and yourself and recover.

Ginny Swart of Cape Town is just wondering if the nearly $ 14 billion spent on the election could have been better spent …

The spirit is breathtaking. They could have fixed climate change for it. Iran fixed. Correction of the health service. All that wasted money.

… And Lynn Alvey from Milwaukee speaks for all of us – especially those of us at On Politics.

Has it really been a week since the election? Why does it seem like years?

Reader responses have been edited and condensed. Thank you, as always, to my colleague Isabella Grullón Paz for her help.

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