Election season upon us already

Because representatives in the Oregon Legislature are concerned about whether or not voters will support additional taxes on some health insurance plans, managed care organizations and hospitals, a January special election will be held, with ballots mailed on Friday and due back to the Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Jan. 23.

The Legislature will meet in short session in early February, and did not want to wait until November to hold this election so that they could rework the budget, should the measure fail.

We will again be asked to submit our votes in May and November. We’ll have seats open for election or re-election on city councils, the Polk County Board of Commissioners, school boards, and in state and federal governments.

We will do our best to keep you educated on the issues.

We encourage and enjoy a healthy debate in our letters to the editor section, and want to remind our readers that letters addressing elections are limited to 100 words or less, and one letter per letter writer per election season. Letters must be written by the person submitting them.

It strays a bit from our regular letters policy, which limits letter writers to one letter every 30 days, and a 300 word maximum. We do this because people are passionate about elections, and we want to allow as many people as possible space on our editorial page.

So if you’d like to endorse a candidate or two, we’d love to run your opinion — in keeping with our policy, you’re welcome to endorse as many candidates or measures as you’d like in one letter, 100 words or less.

We know it’s challenging to keep words to a minimum — it’s something we struggle with regularly.

We encourage everyone to keep it civil — remember that letters that are libelous, obscene or in bad taste will not be printed, and neither will attacks by name on businesses or individuals.

As we head in to 2018, we look forward to hearing from you — and don’t keep it to just election issues, let us know what else is on your mind.

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