Edison Mayor Calls For Civility In Politics

By Mayor Antonia Ricigliano

Too often in today’s society we dehumanize people in politics. We only recognize them as opponents. No longer do dignity and respect matter. Our disagreements become personal attacks on character and integrity rather than discussions focusing on initiatives to improving our communities and problem solving. Disagreements should prompt healthy discussions and are part of our democratic process. They should not be character assassinations.

As mayor of Edison Township, the fifth largest municipality in New Jersey, I embrace the daily challenges of this office. Difficult decisions must be made and as we all know, not everyone will be satisfied or happy with every determination. However, decisions must be based on the greater good. Once we stoop to pleasing individuals rather than doing the right thing for the entire populace we slide down a slippery slope. I encourage input from residents but we all need to understand the facts in order to reach a viable solution.

Our focus should always be all that is in the best interest of Edison Township and its residents. By working together we can accomplish many great things.

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