Stolen campaign signs.
Whispered innuendo.
Confusing campaign finance laws.
It’s local election time.
For more than two decades, we’ve covered area elections; and we appreciate those who have the courage to put their hat in the ring.
Running for office is more than dividing into teams and cheering your squad on; it’s about good governance.
Most anyone with a little charisma, the gift for gab and enough hubris can be a politician, but a true statesman has tolerance, grace under pressure and an overriding desire to serve and learn.
We wish more people would exercise their voting privilege. And as, if not more importantly, we would hope voters research issues and candidates.
“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men,” Samuel Adams once said. In all elections; national, state and local, information is key.
Media – whether printed by a hand press and tacked to a tree, a mass produced newspaper on a commercial press, or through an electronic medium – has always been one provider of that information.
News provided is not meant to win a popularity contest, nor is it important readers agree. Information is meant to create civilized discussion and debate.
Sometimes that debate gets heated; oftentimes the messenger gets blamed.
What’s important is to keep focused on the important issues and not be sidetracked by election-time theatrics.
Democracy was not meant to be pretty, or easy. A government by the people, for the people in a diverse nation –  proud to be called a “melting pot” –  is a system of checks and balances: executive, legislative and judicial.
“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” Alexander Hamilton.
Political office is not for those with thin skin, a non-judicious temperament or inability to find a common-ground solution without compromising their core principals and values. Those with thin-skin and massive egos typically become tyrants when offered a sliver of power.
Informed voters make wise choices.
“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation,” Samuel Adams.
How candidates handle the heat of a campaign can tell voters a lot about how well they’ll be able to govern. Candidates have a choice to campaign with grace, dignity and humility, but not all exercise that option.  We congratulate those who do.