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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 31, 2012

To the editor:

I have recently begun muting every political ad on television after being deluged with personal attacks, many of which are just a twisted version of the facts. It’s nauseating.

If you are really concerned about the direction of this state going forward, then pulling the lever based on accusations and clever sound bites is just foolish. Maybe look at the candidate’s true character, and how they’ve lived their lives. Why would they have to pound their fist and insist they are “not for sale”? Should someone running for public office really need to make that a signature campaign message? Did a candidate really get an “F” by the business community? If that is true, why? Might be worth looking into. Is it really as simple as using the term “$20 billion giveaway,” or is there more to it?

Maybe we should look at the candidate outside of the political arena and put some weight on their actual character. Earlier this week, I was at the clinic and noticed John Coghill taking his father Jack for a check-up. I had a nice conversation with both of them. I thanked John, win or lose, for running such an unusual campaign — a positive one. I also thanked Jack for his decades of public service, which included terms as lieutenant governor, senator and mayor as well service as a key figure in drafting this state’s constitution.

On the way home, I drove by an intersection where a dozen people were holding signs for a single candidate. A thought occurred to me. Here it is, the last week of a heated campaign battle, and John takes the time to care for his dad’s health personally. I guess he doesn’t have access to an army of special-interest people to do things like that for him. Or maybe he actually believes in things like personal responsibility and limited government. I considered that refreshing.

Be skeptical of these ads, but most importantly, do your own research. You’ll feel a lot better when you walk out of the voting booth.

Craig Compeau


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