Opinion

Editor’s Note: Nov. 2

Editor’s note: When it comes to elections, a news organization’s job is to educate, not necessarily to endorse.

On community issues, an editorial board may help guide thinking on issues that affect the masses. We generally offer thoughts on topics to help guide public officials — whether they’re overseeing a single township, a road project or the entire commonwealth — to do the right thing for their constituents.

An election, though, is personal because each voter has an equal say when the ballots are cast and because voters choose the person they most believe in to represent their views for years to come on all sorts of issues — many yet unknown.

Choosing a candidate to lead in times like these — when our state and region face complex fiscal, ethical, even moral challenges — is, in many ways, harder than ever. The Information Age affords us plenty of facts but also an overwhelming amount of noise.

We think endorsing too often leads to unwarranted “conservative” and “liberal” labels. We want the Centre Daily Times to be a trusted source and community connector. The best way to do that — especially at a small newspaper without the luxury of an editorial board completely independent of its newsroom — is to remain as unbiased as possible as we cover the stories and elections of our times.

On Tuesday, you will, we hope, go to the polls to pick the candidates who best embody your beliefs. Instead of endorsing, we offer key points we’ve gleaned from news accounts and from in-person interviews with candidates in these key races.

See you at the polls.

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