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In his letter to the editor he spewed accolades about the mayoral candidate he was supporting. It was an impressive letter – neatly typed, well-written and punctuated correctly.
And while there have been so many advancements in the field of genetics I had a problem believing the 6-month-old had written the letter. Not that I doubted his intelligence, it’s just that I had a problem visualizing his little fingers pounding away at a computer’s keyboard.
Yes, campaigning for the previous election was in full swing.
And it won’t be long before the campaigning will be in full swing again. While there have been some endorsement letters already, the campaigning should pick up soon because filing for City Council and Lancaster County School Board ended Friday.
We encourage readers to write letters of endorsement for their candidates. We also encourage candidates to write columns or letters, according to equity and fairness guidelines set up by The Lancaster News.
We don’t encourage candidates to write their own letters of endorsement and put other signatures to them. That’s how we found out about the 6-month-old letter writer in a previous election. We also don’t do form letters.
We encourage candidates and their supporters to focus on issues. Some candidates’ platforms are nothing more than bashing current officeholders. Instead of the bashing, why not share any accomplishments you have made and how they apply to the seat you are seeking?
If change is what you are advocating, then not only state what needs changing, tell how you would implement the changes. If a process needs improving, tell how you would improve it.
Decide if you want to be a public servant or politician. Avoid the tired, old rhetoric. Don’t try to deceive or intimidate.
If you are truly passionate about serving the public then you will lead by example, not by stirring the masses.
If you want to support your candidate in an endorsement letter, do so. But put your own thoughts on paper before submitting it.
Voters are a lot smarter than some candidates and their supporters give them credit for. What voters want are leaders who are forthright, honest and able to offer valid solutions.
Do you fit that criteria?