As the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death hit the media outlets, I wondered how long it would take the Republican wolves to start reacting to the scent of blood. 

Before flags were placed at half mask, before one 24-hour news cycle, before RBG was even laid to rest, good ole Rich Mitch was salivating over the opportunity to name a conservative successor to the high court bench.  

Closer to home, our former Governor, now Senator, Rick Scott was quick to stand right behind good ole Rich Mitch in calling for quick approval of President Trump’s nominee.   

They say that American voters have a very short-term memory when it comes to politicians and their actions in office.  

Amazing how quick these Republican wolves, reacting to a whiff of blood, have so quickly cast aside their own statements of just four years ago when faced with a similar situation. This band of charlatans successfully halted former President Obama from having the opportunity to name a successor to the court following the sudden death of Justice Scalia.  

Their moral outrage back then was that the vacancy on the high court so close to an election should not be filled until we have a new president.   

How quickly to be singing a different tune, exposing themselves as hucksters instead of men of their word.  

Four years ago there were 11 long months before the end of former President Obama’s second term when Justice Scalia passed away. Eleven months was too short of a time for Mitch McConnell four years ago, but now he stands ready to approve a nominee in just 45 days before an election. Shame, shame, shame.  

Hopefully RBG has the last laugh as these band of charlatans get defeated at the Ballot Box comes November.  

Speaking of elections, here in our Island City the race for mayor and two city commission seats has entered the final stretch and things are heating up. Candidates have a rough time this election season reaching out to residents due to COVID-related issues.   

We don’t have the usual campaign parties and events at local establishments to meet the candidates and enjoy socializing with neighbors. Residents should do their part and reach out to candidates and get to know more about them before placing their vote.  

If you are choosing to vote by mail this election, you will be receiving your ballot in just a week or so here in Broward County. Early voting will be another good option and then if you’re like me, you can wait till Election Day to cast your vote in this very important election.  

Hopefully our municipal candidates in the last few weeks before the election will behave like leaders of our community and not like a band of schoolyard brats.  

Recent neighborhood chatter has been about stolen yard signs, confiscated door hangers and similar childish antics. If you think you stand a better chance of winning your election by stealing some else’s yard signs, or knocking down larger signs, or removing other candidates’ door hangers as you replace them with your own, then maybe you need to take a step back and really question your motives to serve our community.  

I do miss the usual fall season campaign events at local watering holes. A small donation would get you a free drink and some good nibbles while socializing with friends and neighbors.  

However, 2020 has been a very different reality with no signs of normalcy returning anytime soon. I am ready for the election to be over yesterday and hope that we can leave the last four years of insanity behind as we move ahead to better days.  

Hope and optimism for a better tomorrow have always been a driving force behind the American spirit. One day we will move beyond the fear and danger of the COVID pandemic, beyond the divisiveness and fear-mongering of Donald Trump, and wake up to a better tomorrow. 

That hope and optimism are what make life just better here… 


Sal Torre has been a columnist for the Wilton Manors Gazette since its inception. Sal has served on the Wilton Drive Task Force, Budget Review Advisory Board, and Charter Review Board, among others. Sal is currently President of the Westside Association of Wilton Manors and Secretary for the Friend of the Wilton Manors Library. He is employed with Broward County in the Human Services Division.