Just so you know that I’ve been doing some actual work on these days that I’ve been tossing out pretty lightweight posts in a desperate effort to keep y’all interested, I’ll point first to our endorsements page, and then give you another quick gallery of pictures from the endless interview…
The pictures that follow are, respectively:
- Rob Miller, Democrat, candidate for the 2nd Congressional District (Tuesday, May 27, 1 p.m.)
- Blaine Lotz, also a Democrat, also a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District (Wednesday, May 28, 11 a.m.)
- Jeanette McBride, candidate for Richland County clerk of court (Wednesday, May 28, 1 p.m.)
- Lexington County Sheriff James Metts (Friday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.)
- Phil Black, Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District (Tuesday, June 3, 3:30 p.m.)
And we have a couple or three or four more coming…
Here are the pics…
Not to be too critical, but I’ve read some of the endorsements and I’m not sure I understand why you’d bother writing a one or two sentence endorsement for someone and expect it to carry any value…
Take this recent one:
“In District 10, Kelvin Washington faces Helen Daniels Taylor. Mr. Washington has a firm grasp of the issues, understands how county government works and would hit the ground running. He should be elected.”
That’s it. How many voters do you expect to convince with that??? Why not skip printing letters for one day and give the readers a full report on the candidates — or (God help us!) add an additional op-ed page once in a while. What’s the point of spending time interviewing candidates if you’re not going to provide details to the readers on who they are and what they stand for???
Endorsing local candidates is a fool’s errand for South Carolina’s most widely read newspaper.
You tick off whomsoever you don’t endorse, readers don’t give a rip whom you endorse outside their district, and Doug’s right — if you reduce an interview to one sentence without so much as a quote, you’ve accomplished nothing — nothing other than efforting to make yourself look important without providing enough information to prove you’re right.
Think of it another way, too. If someone says we should have doubled the price of gasoline with taxes, who cares what that guy thinks about someone he knows only by interview?
Then, too, who cares what someone who can quote “The Sopranos” by episode number thinks about elections?
That’s it, belittle my few accomplishments… you’re as bad as Uncle Junior, constantly saying that Tony was never varsity material in high school…
Doug, I share your concern, and I think your criticism is on point. With our rush to get all these endorsement interviews done in the last weeks of the Legislative session, and after all the time we’ve spent trying to make decisions, we end up not allowing ourselves enough time or space to fully explain our decisions. That’s actually been on my mind, and we need to discuss how to avoid that happening in the future.