Archive for Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Publishers’ Notebook: Informed voters make informed decisions

February 12, 2003

It was gratifying that so many Tonganoxie area residents turned out Sunday afternoon for a candidates forum at VFW Hall. Informed voters make informed decisions.

On Feb. 22, The Mirror newspaper, along with First State Bank and Trust of Tonganoxie, will sponsor a Candidates Coffee. The coffee will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the former Ratliff Drug Store at Fourth and Bury in downtown Tonganoxie.

This informal gathering will provide an opportunity for candidates and voters to get to know one another.

The format will be simple. Candidates who have opposition in the Feb. 25 primary election have been invited to attend. Each candidate in attendance will be allowed a few minutes to speak, and the remainder of the time will be allotted to informal discussions.

We here at The Mirror hope this Candidates Coffee will provide an opportunity for voters to acquaint themselves further with candidates.

Of course, we are providing coverage of the candidates in our news pages. We have published profiles of candidates. This week, Lisa Scheller has written about Sunday's forum. And in next week's edition of The Mirror, we will publish candidates' responses to a questionnaire that we sent them.

It is important for voters in Tonganoxie and in our school district to learn all they can about who is running for office.

Our city and schools are facing important issues in the next few years, and we need competent and fair people to guide the city and schools.

We here at The Mirror are committed to providing as much information possible about candidates. We're hopeful our news coverage and, now, our sponsorship of the Candidates Coffee will be helpful to voters.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday morning, Feb. 22, to join us for the Candidates Coffee.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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