As an independent who has voted for the best qualified person, in my opinion, for public office regardless of political party for over 50 years, I have made it a point to listen to the candidates’ positions and then make a decision based upon facts and – I won’t deny it – my gut feeling about a candidate.
One thing that disturbs me is the negativity expressed in some candidates’ attack ads whether in a primary or general election.
To all candidates of any political stripe, share your vision of where we are and what you would like to accomplish for the people you are trying to represent.
In the recent letter to the editor by Lauren Boebert (“Vote for me to fight immigrant amnesty,” Jan. 9), the majority of this letter was either directly attacking Rep. Scott Tipton or by innuendo attempting to paint the entire Democratic Party as some extremely liberal anti-American force that is totally cohesive without differences in political viewpoints.
I am not trying to silence Ms. Boebert, even though she has publicly stated that is what she desires to do to her political opponents. I would urge her, though, to express herself in a positive way to the people she is trying to represent.
Civility is required by any candidate because if it is absent, then optimism fades. Despite where we are on the bell curve politically, we are all Americans desiring a better future for ourselves and our neighbors.
Daniel BlackPagosa Springs