So it can be done.

Democrats and Republicans are working together in York County, united in their efforts to improve the lives of residents -- or at least rid their yards and roadsides of thousands of expired primary campaign signs.

It's a candidate's responsibility to remove his or her signs, and it can be a tiresome task, especially if the signs weren't exactly ... effective.

The parties help out, but in the past they would only remove their own candidates' signs, leaving the opponents' in place.

But no more.

In an inspiring spirit of bipartisanship, the chairmen of York County's parties have agreed their representatives will collect all signs -- regardless of affiliation -- left over from the recently ended primary campaign season.

The signs will be taken back to their respective headquarters, to be exchanged at a later date.

"It'll be like a POW swap," GOP Chairman Bob Wilson joked.

Bob Kefauver, the Democrats' chairman, said the signs are "the bane of the existence of many a campaign official," and working together to clean them up makes sense.

Ok, this isn't exactly what we have in mind when we call for bipartisanship, but it's a start -- and a good example.

If local party officials can see the logic, maybe there's hope their colleagues at the national level will see it also "makes sense" to cooperate on more important issues.

There are indications the partisan atmosphere in Congress is not quite as toxic as it has been over the past several years, with members from both parties working together on immigration and gun control, for instance.

Pennsylvania's own Sen. Pat Toomey deserves credit for reaching across the aisle in the latter example.

But those joint efforts are works in progress, and the spirit of cooperation still must move many more partisans in both parties for any legislation to become law.

The need is even more pressing because looming again are issues on which the two sides have shown themselves to be painfully entrenched.

America's debt again is approaching its ceiling, and Congress will be asked to raise it sometime after Labor Day.

You might recall a little dispute two years ago over raising the debt ceiling, which prior to then had been a straight-forward, non-controversial and very necessary piece of business.

In 2011, however, it brought the government to a standstill.

It was a debacle that left the country with its first-ever credit rating downgrade, a manufactured "fiscal cliff" and our current "sequestration."

The 112th Congress was a particularly masochistic bunch.

Let's hope members of the current body have learned from those mistakes and work together to avert another self-inflicted wound.

There are signs -- at least around York County -- it can be done.