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Women's March in Glens Falls

A large crowd of demonstrators converges on Centennial Circle in downtown Glens Falls on Saturday afternoon.

The estimated 1,500 people who flooded downtown Glens Falls on Saturday got our attention.

If it did not get yours, it should.

One longtime resident told us that as political gatherings go, this rivaled Robert Kennedy’s City Park appearance when he was running for the U.S. Senate in 1968.

So this is significant.

Maybe historic.

While this was billed as a women’s march focusing on women’s issues, we suspect there were a lot of reasons why people turned out, but most specifically – fear of what President Trump will do in the weeks and months ahead.

It is clear that the new president did not heal the wounds of a divisive election with his inaugural address. What is especially startling is that this is Trump country. He won the popular vote in just about every community upstate.

Yet, 1,500 people turned out to march to send him a message.

So the first thing we all have to acknowledge is that as angry as Trump voters were at the status quo, there seems to a significant segment of the community that is just as frightened by what that change will look like.

And they were concerned enough to do something.

That is especially significant.

We’ve lamented repeatedly how little the current citizenry participates in local government, that half of the populace doesn’t even bother to vote and many can’t be bothered to even learn the pros and cons of the issues.

If you are old enough to remember the Vietnam War protests in the late 1960s, you know the impact that it had on our country. It divided us, it drove one president from office and it eventually stopped the fighting.

It changed the direction of government.

We don’t believe this protest was just about defunding Planned Parenthood or Trump’s lack of respect for women. It is more complicated than that.

Many see dark and dire consequences ahead.

The concerns cover a wide spectrum from Trump’s many business conflicts and his refusal to adequately address them to his cozy view of Vladimir Putin and possible foreign interference in the election.

Each day brings another new concern regarding incessant lying, conflicts by some of his cabinet appointees and his refusal to release tax returns.

And the bullying on Twitter does not help.

So this past weekend, a lot of people marched, and they say they are going to do it again.

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Standing up for what you believe in is a good thing.

Getting involved in the direction of the country is a good thing.

Listening to each other is a really good thing.

So if you like what President Trump is doing, let him know. Send an email on the White House website. Sign a petition.

Contact Rep. Elise Stefanik and tell her what you like and don’t like about the new president. That is what she is there for – to carry out your wishes.

Let Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand know what you believe as well. They are there to represent you as well.

Write letters to the editor.

Join a political party and make your wishes known.

Get engaged, because ultimately, this is our country and we all should get a say.

Post-Star editorials represent the opinion of the Post-Star editorial board, which consists of Publisher Terry Coomes, Controller/Operations Director Brian Corcoran, Editor Ken Tingley, Projects Editor Will Doolittle and citizen representatives Dan Gealt, George Nelson and Tim Robinson.

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