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Political ads on TV reach new level of absurdity

October 25, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

With just more than a week to go before election day, there should be great joy that after Nov. 2, we will no longer be subjected to the mud slinging and negative advertising that has saturated the television airwaves.

Many politicians claim they don't like negative campaigns, but they do it because it is effective. That said, we believe voters can send a message by not supporting the people who promote themselves through negative campaigns. Write or call the politicians and tell them how you feel.

It is important that residents get educated and make educated decisions at the polls because it seems a great many of the electronic ads take sound bites out of context to mislead about something that their opponents said or did. In most cases, those ads are an insult to our intelligence.

We sincerely hope people are not influenced by the lies portrayed in these ads, which often run back to back. When that happens, it reaches a new level of absurdity.

We encourage readers to pay attention to what the candidates have to say. Remember, it is incumbent on you to know the facts and vote for the candidates that you feel are best able to represent your values in government.

If you don't like negative ad campaigns, send a clear message at the polls by not voting for the worst offenders.

Support the candidates that are willing to campaign on their own strengths instead of attacking their opponent's alleged weaknesses.



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