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Political bones - something to chew on

October 23, 2008 - Bill Speer
Less than two weeks to go before the election, here are a few random thoughts and observations.

Why is it that political parties still feel the need to resort to underhanded tactics and smear campaigns in elections? And, why can't the local candidates have more control over such filth?

I refer to the pictures in this blog, and the campaign for 106th House of Representatives seat between Republican Peter Pettalia and Democrat Andy Neumann. Both state parties are peppering residents with direct mail flyers that in my opinion, are nothing but scare tactics, rumors and innueendos.

We've seen this before. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now. It's time to reform the system.


It's a sad commentary on our system when a controversy arises over the cost of GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin's wardrobe. Is anyone else offended by this issue?

If Palin were a man, would we care about the costs of the clothing?


I still am amazed that GOP Prosecutor candidate Judy Twarozynski has election signs in Arenac County. Equally as interesting for me is Circuit Court Judge candidate Dave Funk's election signs on a boat moored at the Alpena marina.


It is encouraging that 98 percent of the eligible voters in Michigan are registered. I am thrilled by that number, and will be even more excited if most of those cast a ballot Nov. 4th.


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