The countdown to elections continues.
Political armchair quarterbacks will love this week’s Lake Media products because the pages are overflowing with responses from the various candidates running for office. We asked the candidates in contested races to respond to a variety of questions.
The intent is twofold, actually: One, to give voters an insight into who these people are and how they think; two, to force the candidates to give some critical thinking to the issues.
It’s a delicate balance each week trying to maintain a viable ratio of advertising to news. We’re a businessl, and we’ve learned what that ratio should be each week (at least on the average) to gain a razor-thin profit margin. If we’re lucky.
The Lake Sun, Focus and WestSide Star are full of text this week. If you don’t like reading about politics, then just look at all of the ads, those wonderful folks who promote their businesses each week so they, too, can keep their doors open.
If nothing else, however, read the stories about the bond issues at School of the Osage and Camdenton school districts; peruse the information from Johnnie Franzeskos and Paul Sale, candidates for Lake Ozark mayor; and look at the myriad of responses from the School of the Osage and Camdenton board of education candidates.
As usual, we encourage you to vote. The process is really quite simple and takes only a few minutes from your day. As the saying goes, if you don’t vote then don’t complain later. I’ll spare you the lecture on Democracy, the one-man, one-vote diatribe and the sappy importance of saving the children.
The ballot language on the Osage Beach use tax and the Camdenton School District bond issue is complicated and confusing. Sample ballots can be found on the Camden County and Miller County websites (County Clerk), and everyone with a computer should check them out.
Vote, my friends. Vote.