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October 15, 2013 > Editorial: TCV gets letters

Editorial: TCV gets letters

The electorate may be energized in one direction or another by the current fiasco in Washington, D.C. but along with immediate federal government concerns, many politicians at all levels of government, including local, are working feverishly behind the scenes, angling for the best outcome in next yearÕs election cycle. The game of musical chairs has begun as some elected officials facing term limits are looking for another seat at the public trough while others seek to fulfill their political destiny.

Strategies for success at the polls includes organizing supporters, fundraising, backroom deals and raising public awareness of candidate virtues. Part of this preparation for political battle involves sending ÒLetters to the EditorÓ with opinions on topics that, in reality, are thinly veiled endorsements of a favored candidate. Unfortunately, while ostensibly raising arguments and issues of valid concern to our readers, such letters are actually used as a forum for candidates or diatribe toward a particular political party. lead A flood of correspondence will follow that simply ask for candidate support or vilification without addressing core concerns.

It is the role of our publication to maintain clear communication within the readership area of Tri-City Voice. As such, Tri-City Voice publishes Letters to the Editor that address local issues and concerns within the bounds of good taste and civility, whether our staff agree or disagree with the premise. Tri-City Voice believes in a democratic public voting process and tries to present a fair and reasonable choice for its readership without undue influence. Elections are the responsibility of an informed electorate; it is our responsibility to provide the information to allow this process to work.

As election season nears, TCV will address, through interviews and candidate statements, local and regional issues that affect our readership. Until that time, however, I encourage citizen participation in our community by sending Letters to the Editor with legitimate issues Ð praise, criticism or gripes.

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