I am proud to live in America. Americans are able to peacefully talk about issues on the ballot, put up signs, try to persuade their friends and neighbors, and then vote in a free election. Now that Cumberland has voted on a couple of contentious issues – the Payson Property and the Harris Road issue – I hope that we can move on and be friends, again. Our town councilors have done what councilors should do: explore opportunities for the benefit of the community and then let the voters decide. Whether the issues or the final vote reflect my opinion or not, I want to be sure that my town stays the way I have always viewed it: a place where residents greet one another with warmth and sincerity, where they are able to accept differences with respect.