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Civility needed in elections
November 3, 2010 - Jim Smith
The election is over!
I no longer have to be afraid to answer my telephone, turn on my television set, listen to my radio, read my newspaper or drive the streets, visually assaulted by countless pieces of litter called campaign signs.
The robocalls, which I find even more distasteful than even the absurd negative political ads and meaningless innuendos of campaign rhetoric, will stop for a few months.
But my fear is if the attacks on voters' sensibilities were this bad for the mid-term elections, what the heck will it be like in two years when the presidential election rolls around?
If the candidates and political parties were this vicious for congressional and statehouse seats, how downright lethal will they be for the big desk in the White House?
Say what you will, but it is long past time for civility to return to political elections and for personal space to be provided the electorate, free from the onslaught of political ramblings.
I say bring on a truth in political advertising law, but what politician has courage enough to ramrod that through Congress?
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