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Election too critical for slinging all this mud

Stories in The Union last week showed the extent that mud-slinging – overtly and covertly – has distracted the Nevada County election campaign from what voters really need: a clear and articulate debate on important issues.

Both sides are equally to blame with personal attacks on candidates, one-sided stories planted in friendly media, phone and e-mail blitzes of responsible media urging them to pile on, and dodging of public forums.

Whether the candidates are knowingly involved, or think they can keep themselves clean by letting surrogates do the smearing, they should think again. Elections that take the low road of innuendo and rumor stain everyone.

It is time for the candidates to wash their hands of these tactics; to stand up and say that this election is about the future of this county – with everyone working together to leave the bitterness of past battles behind and do what is right for our present and future citizens.

What is right is to talk, not about sleaze, but about growth, the economy, our schools, our environment.

We have three weeks until the election. We must use this time wisely, not wastefully.

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