Editorial: Rumours can destroy chances

How rumours can ruin opportunities during elections

Every three years when an election rolls around the gossip starts to fly. While most gossip is based on a speck of truth, most of it is exaggerated and slightly skewed. Rumours run rampant in this town and they can destroy credibility, reputations and lives in ways the gossip monger never envisioned. What you hear is probably only half true unless it comes straight from the source. Get the facts before spreading ugly rumours.

This election is getting nasty, just like we figured it would. There is misinformation out there and who knows who is perpetrating it.

The Sooke News Mirror does not endorse one candidate over another, although we do have our own personal opinions, which we are entitled to. Each candidate is asked the same questions and each has the opportunity to respond in their own words. We ask them to observe the time lines and if they don’t we  have the option of leaving their space blank, but we try not to.

When there is so much at stake, tempers will flare and hostility will become evident. We will be called discriminatory and biased, it’s an easy accusation because people see things the way they want to.

Let’s try to keep this election clean, respectful and honest. The voters, not the newspaper, will decide who takes the seats and a candidate’s past and present will be factors. The voters are a lot more informed and decisive than perhaps they are given credit for.

The important thing is to get out and vote, that is one way to have your say.