“It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.” That opening statement in the novel ”Tale of Two Cities” might be apropos for what happened at last Tuesday’s midterm election. Some where happy and some shed tears as the results became known. State by state, the country turned red until the west turned back the tidal wave when Washington, Oregon and California reported in. Neighboring Nevada stopped some of the bleeding as Senator Harry Reid regained his powerful majority seat., The Tea Party movement showed its clout as a political force, sweeping in several dozen new House members to give the Republican Party a majority. Californians did not hear the Tea Party siren call as they elected Democrats to nine out of 10 statewide offices. Jerry Brown was elected governor and Barbara Boxer held on to her Senate seat. Let it be noted that Placer County’s eligible voters followed the national trend, not giving Brown or Boxer a majority vote. Placer becomes the reddest county in the bluest state. You would think that both sides would be thankful its over and focus their attention to matters other than politics. Not so; already there are charges and countercharges, speculations and predictions on what is in store for 2012. It looks like Its the best of times and it is the worst of times all over again. Let us digress from politics to acknowledge Veterans Day. We salute all those who have served in the armed forces and pledge support for their well-being. During a military conflict, there is real patriotic support for those in uniform. After the conflict ends and the troops come home, they are too often forgotten. Let’s not let that happen.