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That time of year ...

October 9, 2008 - Lee Smith
It is the season for endorsements, and the Sentinel soon will be making its own examination of local and state political candidates. What does an endorsement mean?

Well, we look at them as a way to put a spotlight on candidates in terms of experience, character, temperament and views. We try to weigh what we know about the facts we encounter every day as journalists against what a candidate is saying about his or her principles, plans and ability.

An endorsement is not intended to tell you how to vote. It reflects our judgment and you are free to give that the credibility you will. However, we would say we believe in the validity of our choices. We hope you'll at least lend us an ear for a minute to consider what we're saying.

Finally, one of the things we have been trying to do in recent years is make clear that our endorsements are about important choices, but not about putting down people whom we choose not to endorse. Anyone willing to stand up and run for public office deserves praise, because they aren't likely to get it once involved or elected. We believe all those who seek office deserve our thanks and respect. We believe they want to make their city, county, state or nation a better place, however they define that.


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