Yes, it’s another movie quote, but it works here.

I e-mailed Vicki Snell last night and offered my congratulations and best wishes for a successful term.

I will not tolerate long faces in our house or anywhere else.

To those of you who voted to support the status quo, nothing has changed. In fact, our cause is stronger, thanks to the coalition of community leaders that is being created as a result of the campaign.

As I wrote yesterday “Fighting is in rounds. This is round one.”

My attitude today is reflected in this favorite quote by Teddy Roosevelt from 1910:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

We will see you back in the arena soon.

Steve

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