Over the next three weeks the Union-Bulletin will be running its endorsements for races and ballot issues on the Nov. 2 election.
Whether voters agree with the recommendations is unimportant compared with the importance of making an informed vote.
The Union-Bulletin believes it has a responsibility to the community to try to stimulate interest and debate in the campaigns.
We believe one of the best ways to do this is to make recommendations, giving voters an entry 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 Lacey Town, human resources manager.
Recommendations will be published in time to allow opposing viewpoints from candidates or interested citizens.