Election season creeping up again
Ahh… the sweet smell.
Is it springtime flowers in bloom? No.
Is it the precipitous brisk air of another oncoming winter? No, I don’t think so.
Once again, we are entering the election season. Time to pull the lever. Time to exercise our democratic muscles. Time to make the tough choices that will chart our next course, at least for the next few years.
For many, especially those disenchanted with the political process, this season smells a little bit like a, hmm… a barnyard. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
From now until the final vote is tallied, we open the pages of our newspaper to political rhetoric, grandstanding and backstabbing. But priority will be given to letters that speak to the issues – We do live in a small town, where the election season aroma can get a little pungent.
So here are some rough guides – Nothing set in stone. We allow, even encourage, diversity of opinions, even if some of those opinions are ridiculous.
Personal attacks are kind of useless unless they are germane to the candidate’s qualifications/stances on issues.
Along the same vein, personal endorsements are also pretty useless. Joe candidate can easily get 10 of his friends to write in to the paper. How would that be useful for voters?
Be respectful. You don’t have to be nice, just respectful.
And as always, be brief, we want to get in as many letters as possible. 300 words is the limit.. NOT THE GOAL! To e-mail submissions, send them to email@example.com.
Also keep in mind that we reserve the right not to run letters.
It’s election season, and when the BS starts flying, our radar is on.
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