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What are the important issues?

John Miller

Managing Editor

I've written some in past columns about the upcoming election.

Our goal at the Exponent & Telegram is to bring the election back to the people by focusing on issues that really count to our readers.

To accomplish that goal, our reporters are learning first-hand why they decided not to go into door-to-door sales.

Each week, at least one of our reporters spends a day knocking on doors in communities throughout North Central West Virginia. They will be asking some of our readers what issues are important.

We're asking readers to help us out, so that we can all make decisions in May's primary based on the issues. Election of government officials should never be a popularity contest based solely on name recognition.

If one of our reporters knocks on your door or stops you at a public gathering, please share your thoughts with him on the issues key in the election.

Our folks will be wearing identification and you won't even have to give your name, unless you want to.

Of course, you can write to us to express your concerns. Send by e-mail to cpcnews@earthlink.net, by fax at 624-4188 or by mail to 324 Hewes Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301.

We will take the information we gleam from our readers and form questionnaires for candidates in each of the races in our area.

With your help we can provide a more educated populace that will encourage candidates to tackle issues on the campaign trail.


Since we're talking politics, I can't help but add my two cents on the recent decisions by John McCain and Bill Bradley to end their presidential campaigns.

You have to admit that both made the primaries a little more exciting than recent campaigns.

But you have to wonder how quickly political wounds heal.

Just a few days ago, McCain and George W. Bush were exchanging heavy verbal blows as were Bradley and Al Gore.

Now, though there remains some underlying current of emotion, the candidates are trying to refocus their aim on the other party.

While Bradley and McCain both stopped short of truly "endorsing" their former foes, they both stuck to party line rhetoric.

McCain tabled thoughts of a third party run when he reminded voters that the Republican Party was home to "Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan. That is good company for any American to keep."

He went on to offer "best wishes" to Bush, who in turn congratulated McCain for "fighting a good fight."

Bradley said, "The vice president and I had a stiff competition and he won. I congratulate him.

"It is the tradition of the Democratic Party to fight during the primaries, then unify and close ranks behind the nominee as soon as the people have spoken, and now is the time for unity."

Just a few days ago, all four candidates were accusing their fellow party mates of foul tactics. Now I guess they've kissed and made up.

Ah, politics.


John G. Miller is Managing Editor of the Clarksburg Exponent & Telegram newspapers. He can be reached at 626-1473 or by e-mail at cpcnews@earthlink.net.

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