My turn: Let’s put politics aside

After the mid-term elections, I read numerous Facebook postings about the evil Republicans, Democrats and Tea Partiers.

Recently, while perusing Newsweek, I was startled at the balanced reporting about how the parties may now be forced to work together.

It was also startling to discover that our president is a U.S. citizen, and not a foreigner plotting to overthrow our way of life (although some could use overhauling).

Since it was difficult to watch “Jersey Shore” and read, I switched to Music Choice: Solid Gold Oldies (songs from the 50s and 60s) on Channel 424 on Portales cable.

Occasionally, when a catchy song came on, I would glance up to identify the artist.

These included: “Wishin’ and Hopin’” by Dusty Springfield, “Keep Searching” by Del Shannon, “Only the Lonely” by Roy Orbison, “Town Without Pity” by Gene Pitney, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” by Rod Allen and “Tragedy” by Thomas Wayne.

The artists sang with such conviction that they must have lived their lamentful lyrics. While I’m sure that it was thrilling for their songs to chart, their dates of death were also listed.

It was sobering to ponder the peaks of their success and the valley of their deaths.

It made political posturing and slandering seem small.