Starting today the Union-Bulletin will begin its recommendations for the Nov. 3 election.
It is our hope that the ballot recommendations will stimulate debate and discussion.
Some people have misconceptions about the motives of the Union-Bulletin's editorial endorsements. They seem to believe the Union-Bulletin hopes to influence the outcome of elections by making endorsements. Some even believe the newspaper hopes citizens will take its list of recommendations to the polls and mark their ballots accordingly.
That's not the case.
Whether voters agree with the Union-Bulletin's recommendations is unimportant compared with the importance of making an informed vote. The endorsements are a starting point for discussions and debates about each issue and each race.
The opinions expressed in the Union-Bulletin's recommendations are those of its four-person editorial board, consisting of Publisher Rob Blethen, Editorial Page Editor Rick Eskil, Editor Rick Doyle and Human Resources Manager Lacey Town.
Recommendations will be published in time to allow opposing viewpoints. Letters will be published prior to the election as long as they are received by noon Oct. 27.