Editorial: Elections: Why we weigh in


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Originally Posted Online: Oct. 21, 2012, 5:00 am
Last Updated: Oct. 22, 2012, 6:58 am
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The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
Beginning today, our editorial board will offer its analysis and recommendations on the races and issues on the Nov. 6 ballot.
In doing so, we buck the trend by some papers to end endorsements. We get their reasons. It requires a huge commitment of time and resources to meet with candidates and do the research necessary to inform our choices. And they are almost certain to make some subscribers, advertisers, and local leaders angry.
We regularly reexamine the value of the process, and invariably reach the conclusion that we not only should, but must share with you our opinion on campaigns of local import. How can we in good conscience weigh in on the issues of the day and ignore the election of the decision-makers who impact those positions?
To those who say that our endorsements are aimed at furthering our own agenda, we say, "Of course they are." That agenda should be no surprise to regular readers. It should also come as no surprise that we do not consider our pronouncements to be the last word. Very often voters disagree with our recommendations. Our hope is that they provide information and context to spur debate. We don't expect everyone to share our views, (though if you do, you're welcome to say so). By all means disagree with us, but don't just stew about it. Tell us why.
Write your thoughts down in a letter of 250 words or less and send them via email to letters@qconline.com or mail them to 1720 5th Ave., Moline, IL, 61265. Include your name, home town and a daytime phone number so we can confirm authorship. We do not run unverified letters, so if you don't hear from us call and find out why. Keep it civil; stay on topic; no name-calling or unsubstantiated charges.
We begin at the back ballot, with Illinois constitutional amendment 49. On Monday, retention of local judges.

















 




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