CAMPAIGNING AND ELECTIONS

After over a year of “who is going to run for president,” we are getting to caucuses and primaries, which will continue for the next six to seven months. Then we begin the campaign for president. Finally, after four to five months this year’s Election Day, the latest possible—the first Tuesday after the first Monday—November 8 will arrive.

Beginning with the speculation on who would run for president, the primary campaigns, and the presidential campaign, we will have been inundated with political news for over two years. It began with the mid-term election in 2014. I fear some people tire of the headlines long before Election Day and skip it. I can’t make a difference; or I don’t care anymore. Could we cut election news to just one year?

All this time, political pundits and newscasters are delighted with forever campaigns. It gives them headlines without having to search for them. I understand that. Many years ago, I was a local news correspondent in a rural area. I eagerly waited to see who chose to run for town, village, and school elections. I could profile them and speculate over their chances against incumbents. Election Day gave me winners and losers to announce. News in a rural area is sometimes hard to find. My editor had to fill his page. Too much news and he had leftovers; too little news and he scrounged to fill space. I’m sure this is true nationally as well.

One thing I wish our news outlets would do is to tell us more of what is going on around the world. We only learn to find some countries on the globe when there is a war or disaster. With more world news we might be able to anticipate the problem before it actually starts. Just a thought.

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