A reminder

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We encourage you to write letters to the editor supporting political candidates. The more letters, the better we like it.

We want to remind you that in an effort to help raise the tone of political debate, The Cabinet will not print attack letters or, indeed, letters that are critical of candidates, period.

What we want is for folks to tell our readers why they are supporting a particular candidate: What are his or her good points? What programs do they have that you believe in?

Political campaigns have become far too negative and we want to do what we can to change that dynamic. We can’t change what happens with political ads on television or in newspapers, but we can encourage you to be supportive rather than negative, and we know you can do it. We have already heard from some people who like this idea and so far we have not heard from anyone who is against it, which is encouraging. And, as we promised, we will do our best to ensure that if and when we endorse candidates, we will endorse, not attack, i.e., tell you why we think you should vote for someone, not against his or her opponent.

Speaking of debates

We watched two last week – the presidential debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, and the Massachusetts senatorial debate between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. The difference was marked.

The presidential debate was, in our estimation, civil and about important issues. We thought Gov. Romney did extremely well. It wasn’t just that he was well-prepared (that’s to be expected; President Obama was, too) but that he was more forceful than we’ve seen him when he’s appeared on television shows or in news clips. But not forceful in a negative way; he wasn’t nasty or condescending. He was forceful in the expression of his ideas. One can debate, if you will, the veracity of various claims by either candidate, but we still liked the tone.

But in the Brown-Warren debate, sniping and nastiness seemed to be the order of the day, and both candidates were guilty. That’s too bad. Both are interesting people, both have much to offer the electorate in our neighbor to the south, and neither is coming across as either civil or constructive. If we were disappointed in the presidential debate it was because there were fewer specifics than we had hoped. Both talked about broad programs – improve education, for example – but neither really laid out a concrete plan. Perhaps you can’t in a debate format, but we hope next time, they will.

Voters guide

Candidates for state and county offices, don’t forget to get your information online. If you did it for the primary and won, it’s already there. If not, email David Brooks at dbrooks@nashuatelegraph.com with your name, party, and office sought, including district, to get your login code, or call 594-6531.

For the Cabinet

Once you’ve put your information online, edit your answers down to 50 words each and email responses to mcleveland@cabinet.com. Any questions, call 673-3100, Ext. 301. If you did it for the primary, please do the same – edit and send to Michael Cleveland.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, Oct. 16, noon.

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