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Let’s use our passion positively for the community
By Assistant Editor Lindsay Sauvageau

It is not new, and it’s not news. When it comes to politics, things can get ugly fast. If it’s not candidates “mudslinging”, it’s supporters calling candidates out on their flaws, on perceived injustices - questioning their integrity. And then it’s neighbor against neighbor, it’s mother against mother, official against official and when the smoke clears there is a winner who has to shoulder the burden of their new position along with the baggage of having won despite the controversies.
I don’t think there is anyone in this town who has watched this race unfold on social media who can say that this community came out with its integrity intact.
I feel bad for the candidates because I don’t think a single one intended for things to get so messy. We had three candidates who were passionate about representing their hometown and their supporters shared that passion. The problem with passion is that it does not always go hand in hand with civility.
And that’s not new, and it’s not news. But what we do from here will define who we are and I think under all of that misdirected passion is an understanding that we all want to see what is best for our town, and the future of our town.
My friendly suggestion for this week is to find something better to do. Prove that we are better than our harsh words, our misdirected anger, our disappointment at ourselves.
Look around, remember why we care so much about this place we call home. I may not live in Lunenburg currently but it is where I grew up, it is the community I dedicate my time supporting through The Ledger. I knew two of the candidates in this past election because we all went to Lunenburg High School at the same time and I was proud of them for stepping up to lead this town. I am still proud. I’m proud of seeing passion where all too often there is apathy. Too many of us would rather follow, than lead. We need more leaders.
So when I say, find something better to do, I mean let’s use our passion positively. Join an organization, volunteer your time to help keep this town great.
Maybe you join the Lunenburg Lions or the PTO. Maybe you spend more time with your children, discussing why community is something we should all be thankful for - it is after all, another form of family. Maybe you visit the Historical Society, or the Memorial Park, and learn about our town’s great history and honor those who fought for us to have a home.
Maybe you make donations to the library to support the upcoming Book & Bake Sale, or to the Skate Park project or the Boys & Girls Club.
Maybe you shop local this week. Maybe you attend the next Selectmen’s meeting just to observe our leaders in action. Maybe you have a picnic by the gazebo or go to the next farmer’s market.
Or maybe you just wave at a neighbor, or thank a police officer or pick up a discarded coffee cup on the side of the road. All of these things shows that we care, about the little things, and the big things. Let’s show we can use our passion positively.
Let’s show how much we care. Let’s prove to ourselves that we are what our passions rise from - a great community. 
Let’s move forward together.