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Stop the dirty politics | Editorial

March 13, 2013 · Updated 11:23 AM

Looks like the politics of divisiveness and disparagement have come to roost in San Juan County.

In the age of the Internet and the anonymity it offers, perhaps a descent into virtual mudslinging was inevitable. But we think some of the “gotcha” politics we’ve seen of late is a problem.

It is a problem for voters and for young adults who bear witness to such low blows. They may know, like Homer did, the more drama, the less thinking.

Is that what we want in our local campaigns and elections?

Photo-shopping the uniform of a WWII German prison guard onto a candidate, even if it is Sgt. Schutlz from the television program “Hogan’s Heroes,” and circulating it digitally is incredibly offensive.

If you’ve been out of the know about this or other recent political tactics, consider yourself lucky.  It’s been discouraging to witness.

For us at the Sounder, we’d rather see people challenge a candidate face to face, without the use of doctored photographs and sound bites. Come to the forums and candidate events. Quit the anonymous emails and blog postings. Engage in real, relevant discussions about issues that affect our county.

Candidates ought to be legitimately questioned, if not challenged, on any number of actions or legacies.  But for the sake of the community and common decency, knock off the other stuff.

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