We live in a time of growing political divide: democracy through the warped lens of 24-hour news (opinion) cycles, and the subsequent regurgitation of those opinions on social media. It gets exhausting. It decays faith in government and our elected officials.

Every once in a while, a moment arises when we have an opportunity to elect someone genuine. Southampton voters have that opportunity with Karen Sartain running to retain her seat as Southampton Town justice.

In our flawed system of fusion voting, where the candidate who accumulates the most lines typically wins, it would be refreshing for voters to look at the person as opposed to the R’s, D’s, I’s and C’s next to his/her name. The question “Who is this person?” should be put before “What line is this person running on?” [more]