Citizens: don't buy into the fluff
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 06:00 am
In reply to the letter by Percy Zalasky in the Saturday, Oct. 5 Gazette, with the headline, Stop hiding behind anonymity.
Is the Think Tank information correct? If you have taken the time to read these “negative campaign ads,” as you call them, you will find references printed at the bottom of the page to check for the validity of the information that is given.
I don’t really care if the information I receive comes from an anonymous source so long as it is legitimate. Are you too lazy to check the facts? Or are you like some of the candidates who are trying to smear a group from telling the truth about our tax dollar?
Last week in the Gazette I read that the mayor doesn’t think there are any issues in this election. I live in Erin Ridge. Is there an issue here? You’d better believe it. The mayor states that “Two of the fundamental values required of municipal elected officials are openness and transparency.”
When I was growing up politics was an open discussion at home. I was taught that I had an obligation to vote and had a responsibility to research the candidates and rely on my gut feelings about the information I receive.
I think the mayor’s list of 30 points to consider when selecting a candidate to vote for is a very good one to use when thinking about all candidates.
I look forward to following all of the forums as I feel these are very informative, especially when they are open to all questions and aren’t staged like the chamber of commerce does. It is hard to separate the fluff from the truth if you don’t get all of the facts. I am disappointed that the mayor and some of the candidates will not be attending all of the forums. It leaves me to wonder what their answers would be to some important questions that may be asked.
I have lost votes in the past, but I would rather lose a vote for a good candidate than vote for an unworthy elected official.
This is my opinion, please feel free to form your own and don’t buy into the fluff that is being handed out.
Joyce Boutette, St. Albert