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Notes from the election...

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012

Managing Editor Matt Roberts

Another American electoral season is over, and though the country was, as usual, seriously divided about whom they wanted to support, I’m guessing we’re all united in our happiness that it is finally over.

Though I’m a journalist in the news business, I don’t spend a lot of time in front of the television, so I saw precious few campaign ads, and that’s just fine with me. The campaigns spend enough money on those media moments that one can virtually guarantee there can be no substance to them.

My Presidential candidate of choice — Virgil Goode — didn’t win, which was certainly not a surprise. But I do think we’re seeing some growing resiliency in American third parties. Since it is unlikely we’re going to get much more than sanitized, centrist candidates from the “big two” for the foreseeable future, I think the emergence of stronger third parties will probably not result in viable presidential candidates, but will certainly bring the actual, important issues to the table that perhaps in a few elections won’t be ignored.

Oh, and as a parting shot on the Presidential campaign — newly-reelected President Obama, I couldn’t give a flying squirrel about your response to Superstorm Sandy. Since you seem to have memory problems when it comes to fiscal issues, all the money you promised for storm relief is OUR MONEY. You, and Republican and Democratic administrations before you, took all that money through excessive and unfair taxation of working people and businesses, then wasted half of it through mismanagement and corruption.

So, before you or any other politician starts getting magnanimous about your compassion, Mr. Obama, remember that our state governments could take care of their own citizens if their coffers weren’t being plundered on a regular basis. ‘Nuff said.


We put a lot of time, energy and years off the end of our lives putting together both our primary and general election candidate guides. I hope they were of help to you in deciding which candidates you wanted to support.

Though our responses in our primary guide were in the neighborhood of 85 percent of all candidates, which is pretty exceptional in this business, our general election section was somewhat disappointing. This is pretty surprising, considering our guides amount to what is essentially free advertising for candidates.

As a result, many candidates got their message out to our several thousand readers, while others did not. In fact, the entire town of Mountain View candidates were not included in our Herald or Bridger Valley Pioneer sections because we didn’t get a single response. There is, of course, no practical way for us to determine what specific effect our guides have on a given election, but considering our strong local readership and the proven fact that newspaper subscribers are more likely to be voters, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me that some candidates weren’t willing to throw 10 or 15 minutes toward responding to us.

Let’s hope for better results in 2014.


Finally, it’s too difficult for me not to make some sort of comment about the “prank” message left at the Bear River Town Hall the day after the election. Wow. It seems some people in the town need to don their grown-up undergarments, so to speak, and be adults.

One of the certainties of American politics is that there will always be mudslinging and other general nastiness every time one person contends with another for an elected office. It was true in 1800 — read up on the Adams-Jefferson Presidential contest — and with today’s technology, it’s just as bad, but now instantaneous.

But that’s no excuse to be vile to your near neighbors. We’re not sure who is responsible for the message that was left, but if the “karma” referenced the note were a real force in this world, the author or authors should be preparing themselves for their comeuppance.

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