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Negative politics creeping in

October 14, 2008
The Daily Mining Gazette

From swift boats to lipstick-wearing pigs, we expect to see negative campaigning for president and most nationally elected offices. According to the Web site,, the majority of voters disapprove of the use of negative campaign ads, while the conventional wisdom among campaign professionals is that negative ads, in fact, do work.

Call it small-town naivet, but we are disappointed and concerned with what appears to be a trend toward negative campaigning in some local elections.

With each report of campaign signs stolen from people's yards, and every appearance of a negative ad in the local media, we can't help but feel let down by our friends and neighbors who have decided to run for office.

We expect more from local candidates. We had hoped each and every one would run on his or her own merits without stooping to some of the distasteful tactics which are so prevalent on the national level.

Let it be said, we commend anyone with the courage to run for an elected position. It certainly is easier to sit on the sidelines and second guess those with the courage to run, than it is to put oneself out there.

We are fortunate. In our opinion, every candidate, regardless of the office they're seeking, is qualified in their own way for the position. There may be some philosophical differences, but each man or woman running for office brings his or her own set of special qualifications and characteristics.

We encourage the candidates to stay focused on the issues and to stay positive in their quest for election. We look forward to hearing from the candidates about what they stand for without any of the political "dirty tricks" that are beginning to appear.



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