Publisher's Note: Vote early, vote often
Voting sucks. Thereís no return on investment, things donít change a whole lot and you really donít win anything unless youíre the candidate. So why vote?
Iím going right for the heart on this one: itís the right thing to do and if you donít the wackos will win.
Seriously, the fringes will always turn up to vote because they want to remake the world in their vision. Most of us just want a government that helps us a little and doesnít waste too much.
But who to vote for? Sometimes itís hard to pick out the crazies to vote against them. Well, we can help. Weíve interviewed all the candidates who raised more than $10,000 running in the Republican and Democratic primaries for both seats of Congress, one Senate seat and governor. If you missed them in the paper, then you can find them on our website, hippopress.com, in the Sept. 2, Aug. 26 and Aug. 19 issues.
One thing you wonít see is any endorsements. We just donít feel our opinion counts ó because we donít really have an opinion. Many people from many political viewpoints work here and we canít imagine agreeing. Also, it seems odd that a newspaper would support a particular candidate when our job is to inform.
Each week Iím going to be highlighting some good economic news. I donít want to gloss over the hardship many are sharing now, but with the constant drumbeat of world-ending news from the 24-hour opinion channels I figured we could all use some good news on the economic front.
Good economic news for the week: Some of the big-box retailers announced increases in sales. Nordstrom saw a 6.3-percent increase for August over last August while Kohlís saw a 4.5-percent increase. On the local level some owners of local restaurants have told me they saw a 20 percent or greater increase in business for August over last. Great job, guys!