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As a reader of the San Clemente Times, a resident of nearly 20 years, and a person interested in, but not deeply involved in local affairs, I watched the recent election, and its attendant ugliness, with a mixture of amusement and sadness. 

Those feelings were only amplified by the column from Councilmember-elect Gene James, and the accompanying letters to the editor, in the Times’ Nov. 14 issue.

It’s said that no one likes a sore loser. What, then, are we to make of sore winners?

Mr. James’ calls for civility ring pretty hollow when he devotes much of his column to bashing the Times’ reporting and engaging in triumphalist self-back-patting, and his supporters take such evident contemptuous delight in maligning Mr. James’ main opponent.  

If this is the attitude we can expect from Mr. James and his supporters, then our town is in for a bumpy ride, indeed. Mr. Hinkle may be young, but there appear to be a lot of other people who need to grow up. 

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