Today’s Editorial: February 11: Election time exciting, disappointing

Election time in the Cayman Islands can be both exciting and disappointing.

Exciting because we hear the various views and stances from candidates about how best to bring our country together for the greater good of all through better governance.

Disappointing because it can be a time when we see and hear candidates stoop to their lowest through rhetoric that does nothing but tear down another human being with mud slinging and personal attacks.

Even those who aren’t running for office get into the nasty part of electioneering by calling radio talk shows and writing letters to the editor to newspaper in attempts to sully the names of people and parties.

To that end, Cayman Free Press and the Caymanian Compass have adopted policies concerning letters to the editor and press releases in the run-up to the General Election on 20 May.

Letters to the Editor to the Compass from candidates or their supporters are discouraged. We will be happy to print Letters to the Editor that address specific topics, but unrelated to individuals or parties.

All wording in campaign advertising will be reviewed by the publisher and editor to ensure against libel and slander.

Press releases from candidates will not appear in the Caymanian Compass, but they will be reviewed for relevant news content.

We consider it our job to present the facts at all times and especially during an election. Our journalists will cover debates, meetings and forums and will be in contact with individual candidates to get their views on election-year issues.

Once again the Caymanian Compass will offer a voters guide in which each candidate will be profiled and respond to questions about issues concerning the Cayman Islands.

It is our hope that all candidates will run their campaigns in the fashion of ladies and gentlemen and that negative rhetoric will stay off the airways and out of print media.

Unfortunately, we know from past experience that some who are stumping for elected positions will sink low and cast aspersions at individuals and parties.

To the voters, we ask that you carefully consider what each candidate is putting forth and when it comes time to cast your ballot, you will do so with prayerful consideration for what is best for the Cayman Islands and not vote on a selfish, individual basis of who can provide what to you and your family alone.

We are blessed in this country with the right to choose our leaders. Let us do so wisely.

BREAKOUT

Even those who aren’t running for office get into the nasty part of electioneering by calling radio talk shows and writing letters to the editor to newspaper in attempts to sully the names of people and parties.

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