Taking a breather from politics

Let’s all give ourselves a round of applause for surviving the 2016 New Hampshire primaries.

As most of us know, New Hampshire is the first state in a series of nationwide primaries that take place every four years.

As New Hampshire students, we face a huge responsibility in keeping our political senses sharp by constantly keeping up with what the candidates are up to.

Here in New Hampshire, we are slammed with the primaries before we even get into the general election.

To us, this is both a blessing and a curse. Now, don’t get us wrong, we fully understand the importance of engaging in politics.

However, at some point, we just need a break.

George amaru / art director

George amaru / art director

It’s certainly great that we can set the stage for the presidential election, but constantly being campaigned to can become overwhelming.

We are often bombarded with phone calls and emails encouraging us to vote for specific candidates.

Leading up to the primary, we find flyers and posters plastered all over campus telling us who we should vote for and why.

It can be difficult to follow what every candidate advocates for and what they have been up to.

It is our job as journalists to stay up to date on all of this, so we have accurate information to share with our readers.

Covering the details about these candidates is essential for the public in aiding their decision making.

Our job is to lay out all the facts and information in a way that is fair and unbiased for the general public to understand.

We are relieved to have done that, and now have a bit of a break from the world of politics.

Our community was fortunate this year to have nationally known candidates like Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and Martin O’Malley come to speak to us right here in Keene.

Getting to experience these presidential candidates up-close and personal was both nerve wracking and exciting for us all.

The Equinox has worked tirelessly reporting on these events, rightfully so, as it is part of our jobs as journalists.

Throughout these past few weeks we have faced nonstop politics. It seems as though it never goes away.

Every website has political advertisements, every commercial we hear a famous voice saying that they “approve this message”; it’s everywhere.

The Equinox does recognize our role in this presidential election but by the same token we are also busy individuals with jobs to go to, classes to attend, schoolwork to complete and social lives to attempt to maintain.

With all that said, we do not want to devalue the importance of voting.

All of this non-stop political action we’ve been bombarded with has all been leading up to our responsibility as citizens to get out there and exercise our right to vote.

After doing so we can sit back, take a deep breath and relax for a bit.

We made it through the most hectic time for New Hampshire journalists and learned plenty along the way.

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