Letter: Negative campaigning is offensive
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Born in Vancouver, I recently re-located here after not having lived here for quite a long time. Trying to become involved and supportive to the local political process, I have grown steadily appalled at the kind of promotion enjoyed by some well-known candidates who seem to feel comfortable with divisiveness, inflammatory language, and misrepresentation of facts that are used in their support. I have voiced my displeasure to several of these candidates, with no response from some, and defensive posturing (rationalization) from those who did respond.
In future elections, I encourage any voter to form their voting decisions based on what they can learn about the candidates and their positions themselves, which is easily enough found via newspapers, Internet articles, and the candidates’ very own websites. I am sure that I am not the only voter who is tired, tired, tired, of these rabid, non-productive attacks on our sensibilities from desperate candidates. If they find this type of campaigning necessary, that is reason enough to keep them from holding any office where we must trust them with our concerns.