In the Arena ~ By Theodore Roosevelt

Arnold, CA…Watching the presidential race acceptance and concession speeches should make one appreciative of our system of government regardless if your candidate will be moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave or moving into political retirement. Knowing also that here locally there have been winners and losers on issues and in quests to obtain or retain an office. We salute all the participants may they be the victors or vanquished!! We Thank You for being strong enough to step into the arena!! Below are timeless words from Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910