Election season is here

Sep 06, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, citizens will have an opportunity to vote for Maine's next governor and for federal and state senators and representatives to serve our communities in Augusta.

During this exciting time of year, many are trying to get their messages out to the community through our newspapers and websites.

This year we are offering expanded pre-election coverage. As you are reading this, candidates have been coming into our studios at our Camden Street office to record video interviews that we will be offering online at knox.villagesoup.com, along with written candidate profiles (starting Oct. 11).

We will be publishing a voter's guide Oct. 11 that will come with our Courier-Gazette and Camden Herald papers providing profiles on the candidates and information about the ballot items.

We are also in the process of setting up candidate forums to give members of the public a chance to meet the candidates and ask them questions. Those will be taking place in mid-October.

We also have created a new "Politics" section on our knox.villagesoup.com site. As the election nears, this will be populated with political stories and election coverage. We plan to make this an ongoing feature for political coverage year-round.

We welcome letters to the editor endorsing candidates, but there are some ground rules for how we accept these letters, and for how we accept information from candidates themselves.

Endorsement letters from members of the public should be submitted by email to news@villagesoup.com and should be kept to a strict limit of no more than 500 words. If a resident has already had one endorsement letter published, further letters may be held until everyone has had a chance to have a letter published. We may reject any letters with a negative or attack message aimed at a candidate. We welcome letters endorsing candidates and explaining reasons why the letter writer likes this specific candidate. We also welcome letters that talk about issues, but urge readers to refrain from any attacks on individuals. Stick to the issues, not the personalities.

Candidates are allowed one guest column of up to 750 words per election cycle. They may be allowed to write additional letters to the editor strictly kept to the 500-word limit at the editor's discretion. No candidate letters will be published in the last print edition of the paper before the election (Nov. 1).

All letters and columns should be submitted by email. Please include full name, address, daytime phone number (which will not be published) and word count. Handwritten or hard-copy letters may be rejected. No disks or thumb drives, please. The letters deadline is 3 p.m. Monday prior to publication. Columns should be submitted by the end of the day Friday prior to publication and discussing the column with the editor well in advance is suggested.

All letters and guest columns are subject to editing for libel, space, clarity and style. Any letter may be rejected at any time, for any reason. Form letters will not be accepted, nor will unsigned/anonymous letters.

PETA is starting to annoy us

The most recent stunt from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is its request to erect a 5-foot-tall granite tombstone at the site of a lobster truck crash in Brunswick that resulted in about 7,000 pounds of live lobsters being destroyed.

Give us a break.

This is part of the group's ongoing attack on the lobster industry. It argues that it is wrong to eat lobster because the lobsters lose their lives in the process.

PETA has protested several years at the Maine Lobster Festival and criticized Linda Bean's lobster processing facility.

We respect the right of people not to eat meat for ethical reasons, but we do not agree with the effort to deface our state with signs attacking an industry on which our communities rely.

When we have interviewed the protesters at the Lobster Festival over the years, they have always come from far away places like Los Angeles. The people attacking this industry are not offering to sacrifice anything personally should their wish come true.

Our fishermen and the many businesses in the area that depend on the fishery deserve respect, and lobsters do not deserve the kinds of grave markers we normally reserve for humans.

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