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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – BUSINESS QUARTERLY: Andy Peterson – Voters know higher than politicians


Printed: 10/25/2022 3:01:12 PM

Surrounded as we’re by the splendorous autumn show which attracts guests to our area from across the globe, it is not going to be lengthy earlier than Halloween brings spooks and goblins to life. One other spooky season, one stuffed with political mailers, cellphone calls and information releases previous the upcoming election, can also be coming quick upon us.

I’ve been requested to supply some reflections on the present state of politics and enterprise. Though an attention-grabbing topic on this time and season, on the outset, let me level out that in observe, enterprise and politics often don’t combine. It’s vital for enterprise success that no matter would be the particular person opinions or political affiliations of shoppers, purchasers and staff, all should be handled with equity and respect. Onerous-line political judgments and strident polemics are as welcome within the office as they’re at a household’s Thanksgiving feast.

Thus, enterprise homeowners who’re deeply invested of their communities and care an important deal about guiding leaders to smart and helpful choices usually categorical their opinions via statewide associations, such because the New Hampshire Enterprise and Trade Affiliation or the BIA. In a current article, that group’s chief, Michael Skelton, outlined the affiliation’s prime priorities for the approaching yr, primarily based on conversations with their members.

The highest points recognized by the group, which has distinguished contributors from our area, together with Richard Verney of Monadnock Paper Mills, are workforce availability, workforce housing and the hovering price of power. Options provided embody strengthening profession and technical schooling within the Granite State, an inclusive, all-resources strategy to reaching a various, dependable and cost-effective power combine and help for workforce housing growth.

As somebody who has spent a lot of my life working in enterprise domestically and has served a number of phrases in elective workplace, I respectfully provide these observations on the overall state of political discourse right this moment:

1. The communications revolution has dramatically modified how we stay, work and interrelate.

2. The “fourth property” has strayed from its conventional operate of unbiased reporting as information and media shops have proliferated.

3. We’re experiencing the continued rise of the political marketing consultant as a drive influencing the end result of elections and see elevated sophistication of their strategies.

These impacts are significantly evident in a state equivalent to ours, the place a smaller variety of voters impression so strongly the selection of presidential nominees and the steadiness of energy within the US Senate. At our family on this season, we obtain common political cellphone messages and a every day onslaught of mailers, many expertly crafted to play on our fears and suspicions.

With the assistance of recent expertise, right this moment a few of these messages are focused to particular audiences and don’t seem in a neighboring family. As well as, many messages are funded and designed by political get together organizations and third-party teams with out enter from the candidates themselves. Sadly, current marketing campaign finance reforms have solely exacerbated this impact. As we’re getting used to the communications revolution’s advances in different areas of our lives, we must learn to navigate a brand new world in deciding the right way to forged our vote.

For those who hearken to any main newscast right this moment and distinction it to the present reporting of Edward R. Murrow (as dramatically portrayed within the film “Good Evening, and Good Luck”) it’s hanging how a lot has modified. The statement that nobody may inform you the political affiliation of Walter Cronkite by his newscast can hardly be stated for Tucker Carlson or Mika Brzezinski. We see information tales that when would have been reserved to the editorial part and complete publications and networks catering to a single standpoint.

All these elements complement the efforts of political consultants to ahead their narratives and inflame our feelings as they work to retain or regain energy. However these makes an attempt to regulate the end result of elections, with all their superior strategies, nonetheless on the finish of the day depend on a fallacy — that politicians know higher the right way to clear up issues than the voters they characterize.

In our common enterprise and household lives, compassion and commitments are required. Better issues are quietly confronted every day than these our leaders complain are insurmountable. In practical houses and companies, we now have way back realized that not one amongst us has an unique purview of the reality. To succeed, we should study to motive collectively.

In our democratic republic, biennial elections are the nice equalizer. And participation in major elections, significantly in our state the place the biggest share of the voters are registered independents, is vital to the standard of our basic election outcomes.

So Blissful Halloween! Hope to see you on the polls in November.

Andy Peterson is a CCIM Dealer Affiliate at 4 Seasons Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty in Peterborough.


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