Carsonites pleased that election is resolved

Carson City residents expressed relief Wednesday afternoon that there will be no more manual recounts or debates over dimpled chads.

"I think it's awesome that it's over," said Alexa Saiz in Java Joe's.

For some it was a reason to celebrate.

"I despise Gore," said Donald Cullers. "He needs a pacifier and an early bedtime."

Even those who wanted to see Vice President Al Gore win expressed relief.

"I wanted Gore but I'm just glad to see it's over," Adam Wynott said.

Mike Hoffman, who works for the school district, was pleased George W. Bush came out victorious.

"I think the right guy won," Hoffman said. "We had an election and he won it."

But retired school district employee John McSweeney thought Gore's pursuit was justified.

"I think that Gore did the best he could," McSweeney said. "It just wasn't in the cards for him. Now, we must all unite and get behind the new president."

Carson City residents were divided whether the electoral system prevailed or failed through the process.

"I'm glad Gore's out but I don't like the way the justice system worked," said Don Zishka. "I think they're just a bunch of cowards that kept passing the buck."

K. Welsh disagreed.

"I think it says a lot for the system," he said. "It demonstrates a strength for the electoral system even though it's an embarrassment when it has to go to the courts."

Ronni Hannaman, owner of Fashion Statements, said she is glad the election is over but thinks the effects will be felt for years to come.

"I'm glad the Republican got in but I think he's going to have an uphill battle for the next four years," she said.

Gary Richiusa agreed.

"It just cost the American public a lot of money and that's not a good way to start off the presidency," he said.

Regardless of the outcome, the process is one that will live in the history books.

"I think it's neat that we got to be a part of all that," said Maria Urbina. "It's going to be a very historical election."

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