One month out

Chuck Kajer, The New Prague Times

We are now a little more than one month from the November General Election. No doubt, people are starting to tire of the constant media barrage of commercials on the television, radio or even on the internet and social media. Candidates are out there trying to make their case as to why they should be elected to office, or why their opponent should not. Special interest groups, through Political Action Committees, are also getting into the act and stating their case for or against certain candidates.

The issues facing this nation and this state are serious. It is difficult to get a firm idea of how the candidates stand on these issues simply by listening to or watching TV commercials. We encourage our readers to take the time to research the candidates and their positions. Read as much as possible from credible news sources and find out just what the candidates’ positions are on the issues and how they propose to find solutions to the problems they will face while in office.

This newspaper will publish a Voter’s Guide. Traditionally, this guide is published two weeks prior to the election, but with the increase in early voting, we have moved it up a week, and it will be in the October 18 edition.

The Times also encourages its readers to submit letters endorsing candidates for local offices. We cannot promise to publish all the letters we receive, but we will make an effort to give both sides an opportunity to be heard. Preference is given to letters that are from local readers, or to letters involving local or area races. Letters need to be in our office by Monday in order to be published that week, must be 300 words or fewer, and must include a name, address and phone number for verification purposes.

We will not publish any letters in the issue immediately prior to the election.

It is your civic responsibility to vote, and we encourage you to take care when doing so and pick the candidates that best reflect your views.



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