Saturday, September 24, 2022
Sept. 24, 2022

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Letter: Questions for candidates


With the general election on Nov. 8, there are a few questions that candidates should answer so voters can better understand what they would do if elected.

In the last five years, how have you contributed to our community so it is a better place to live? Volunteering on a regular basis in groups not connected with friends or family helps candidates understand the needs of all the people they would serve.

If candidates are opposed to new taxes or know ways to save the taxpayers lots of money, ask them which programs or services they will cut. Budgets are complex and have many demands. Regardless of our political persuasion, we all want certain services — roads, education, public health, safety.

As a citizen, have you participated in local projects that make our area a healthier and safer place in the future? Participating in large civic projects tells us if a public servant has a vision, does all the hard work to learn the processes, regulations, budgets and other issues. Do they demonstrate the skills of working with others and the art of compromise?

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