Whew! It’s almost over!

Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.
This election season has done me in.
The sniping.
The back-biting.
The rumors.
The lying.
The back-room back-slapping.
The late-in-the-game games.
Until this year, I’ve been blessed in my position at the paper to avoid much of the political beat.
My column notwithstanding, where you all know I’ve opined as a knee-jerk liberal with a few surprisingly conservative tendencies, I’ve been able to remain apolitical.
That’s, of course, the way a reporter should be.
And it’s the way I’ve carried myself throughout this nasty campaign season.
Even when speaking with my favorites, I’ve been careful not to tip my hand.
And like most of my colleagues, I’ve written my path right down the middle.
But that back-biting. Those rumors.
Tomorrow we return to the days when a picture in the paper is just a picture, when a story is just a story.
I can frame my shot at a fund-raiser without worrying that a politician in the running is going to pop up at the far left, ruining my chances for a top-of-the-fold front-page lead-off picture.
I can interview the people who matter to the story – without whispers that I’m doing damage to a campaign.
The tricky thing about the news business in the weeks leading up to an election is balancing the real stories with the mumbo jumbo.
Government doesn’t stop running. Incumbents don’t stop working – we hope!
They’re still making the sort of news that would be fit to print any other month of the year. And we’re still covering it.
We’re still out at the meetings – where too few resident seats are filled.
We’re doing our investigations, and we’re writing up the truth.
We’re providing you all with a chance to make good choices today, election day.
I’ve pondered a law that would require people to attend one governmental function a year – just to make their choice that much more informed.
Not practical, but boy, it would make my job easier!
Instead, I offer my apolitical advice.
Vote on what you know today, not what you’ve heard. Vote on what you’ve read that’s been backed by facts.
Vote on the jobs done by the incumbents – good or bad.
Don’t be fooled by the tax dollar bait and switch or the silver-lined clouds of campaign promises.
Vote on the here and now, factor in the past, but don’t forget the future.
Tomorrow, no matter the results, at least you’ll know you made the right choice.

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