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LETTERS - Election journalism was myopic
by Letters to the Editor
Nov 02, 2005 | 265 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

As a Centerville resident for 21 years (of Davis County for nearly 50 years) I’m concerned when issues of consequence are reported in the same style (but not frequency or volume) as high school athletics. Your paper’s lighthearted view of far-reaching issues shows in its treatment of upcoming elections in Centerville. Other communities have equal cause to complain. The recent Clipper article “Centerville candidates: youth or wisdom” properly represented neither the issues facing Centerville nor the candidates’ messages to the public. The very prepared candidates were quoted in fragments and out of context. If that isn’t damaging enough, the article’s title belittles youth by implying that youthful individuals giving years of service have no wisdom. (Are you trying to discredit candidates with youthful energy from contributing in bold, far-reaching and proactive ways?) Honestly … I am sure that you must believe to the contrary … that years of service in one’s youth DOES show a great deal of wisdom. We confidently support such individuals as our best leaders!

Rather than measure experience by “doing the same thing for 15 years,” isn’t it more important that our candidates and public servants are well trained, educated and experienced in a variety of government administrations and community service?

Isn’t it more important that our candidates have youthful energy in not only addressing hometown issues in our community, but also in working proactively on Centerville’s issues with contacts, resources and vision at county and state levels for our best results?

The citizens and candidates deserve better election journalism from your paper. I also believe that your paper owes an apology to the Centerville candidates in general and to a very experienced, energetic and wise mayoral candidate, Michael Johnson, in particular.

David Turner, Centerville
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