Our View: Endorsements and the election
October 22, 2006
Its election time. And for all the groans that can invoke, there is a serious side to it all.From a town council, to public utility districts and various boards, the decisions that effect our electric and water bills, our childrens educations, the look and feel of our communities and much more are made by the people we will elect on Nov. 7. And the most amazing thing is that the people well be supporting with our votes receive nothing more than a whole bunch of work, very modest stipends and, largely, a whole bunch of criticism.We want to take a moment to thank the people who are running for elected office. Its a bold, selfless thing to do and we acknowledge each and every candidate who has thrown his or her hat in the ring of public service.Perhaps you have heard them on the airwaves or attended a candidate night. But maybe you havent. Could be the only information youve gleaned is from the voters pamphlet or candidate signs on the side of the road. Thats where the Sierra Sun hopes to be of service. During election time we at the newspaper feel strongly about the public service we provide. In the past, as the weekly Tahoe World and Sierra Sun newspapers, we did not take a position on candidates or make endorsements. As a daily paper we now feel it is time to change that. We will be endorsing candidates in the contested local races. On Wednesday we will run our selections for the North Tahoe Public Utility District, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Truckee Town Council and Tahoe Forest Hospital District. For the past couple of weeks the candidates have met with the Sierra Suns editorial board, which consists of the publisher, managing editor, assistant editors and select staff. During the interviews, the candidates have been asked a number of questions (same question for each candidate by race) designed to reveal the strengths, experience, community leadership and vision of each candidate. Based on our interviews we have made our selections. It is not an easy thing. Candidates are customers of the paper, readers and even acquaintances. However, when we the newspapers editorial board meets we have the community interest in mind. We will make our recommendations based on the benefit the community will receive from a particular candidates position. We know everyone will not be happy with or agree with out choices. At the same time, the newspaper is charged with providing information to the public, and during election time its even more important that we do so.