How do you spell 2012? P-o-l-i-t-i-c-s

By MaryHelen Swanson, editor

Gone are the holidays with their parties, preparations and shopping frenzies.

But I’ll bet, even with all the hurry, scurry and hectic activities that filled our days, we “ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”

I believe the word for 2012 will be “politics.”

As we certainly know by all the hoopla over the Iowa caucus, the election season has already started.

I’m not sure I’m ready for 11 months of rigorous campaigning, but I don’t think I have a choice.

Personally, I think the campaigning goes on too long and by the time the election rolls around, we are so tired of the political clamor that we don’t feel like voting for anyone at all. And I’m also not sure if we elect people to do a job or to run a campaign. Seems like we’re moving more to the latter all the time.

Anyway, here in East Central Minnesota there will be local elections this year, as well as national.

As we begin the year, I remind you that there are guidelines for conducting campaign efforts here at the Post Review. I will give you more details in a couple of weeks.

That will include letter-writing advice, advertising, deadlines, and information about what the Post Review will do for candidates and the obligations of a candidate.

We know from the past that tempers get hot, and the zeal with which supporters speak in their letters and online comments has a tendency to be over the top sometimes.

So I will begin the year by reminding everyone of the need for civility.

Explained simply, it means civilized conduct, courtesy, politeness.

And if you don’t understand that, I’ll repeat myself as often as I must to maintain the proper atmosphere for a good and productive election year.

In the newspaper business, we love a good debate. We strive to hear both sides.

We work to offer fair and impartial coverage of election information.

And we watch our words because we know the harm razor-sharp tongues can do.

Well, here goes 2012, an election year and all the zing that goes with it.

For some of you that will be stirring, for others, not so much.

But whatever, enjoy the ride… please.

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