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Mon, Feb. 24

Vote despite the smell

Some day historians may look back on this coming Tuesday as the culmination of an election rich with many ironies.

But the greatest irony is how the greatest experiment in representative democracy has used freedom of speech during the campaign.

Our founding fathers wrote the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to assure a free exchange of ideas and a full debate of the major issues of the day on their merits.

The idea was a system that would give voters the vital facts they needed to make an informed decision about who was best able to lead the country.

Candidates for all parties should be ashamed of this campaign, but they aren't and they won't be ­ especially if they win.

Standard procedure now is for each campaign to hire a staff of private investigators and researchers and dig up anything and everything on the opponent they may be able to use against the foe in the campaign. Then they set up a timetable and dribble out the sleaze at strategic points until Election Day.

We really don't know how our candidates in either party will conduct themselves if they get our vote. We know only the terrible things they say about their opponents.

Nonetheless, Tuesday more than at any other time in our history, we all need to get out and vote. It's just that all of us ­ no matter what our party or political philosophies ­ may be holding our noses.

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