March 5, 2014

Voters, candidates deserve debates

Qualifying for local elections doesn’t end until Friday, but it’s already clear voters will have some good choices. A number of men and women with long records of civic involvement have stepped forth to run for office. And while these individuals have accomplished much, this will be the first time many are in a contested political race. It is always good to see new candidates who may have new ideas and new ways of looking at important issues.

Several races in the May 20 primaries have multiple opponents, and we hope that many more do before qualifying ends. Voters deserve a choice. Strike that. Voters deserve an informed choice.

Just as these men and women have stepped forth, we hope that some of our local civic groups will come forward to put on debates between candidates in contested races and to allow candidates in uncontested races a forum to answer questions.

The League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area, local chambers of commerce and local tea party groups have sponsored such forums in the past. Perhaps they and other groups can come together to put on debates this spring.

If they do, The Daily Citizens looks forward to working with them to make those debates a success. We can help solicit questions from voters. We can stream the debates live on our website and archive them there for later viewing. And, of course, we will cover the debates.

Democracy is meaningless without choice, and choice is meaningless in an election if it isn’t an informed one. Voters deserve the opportunity to hear from the candidates and to see them challenge each other. We hope that local civic groups give voters that opportunity.


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  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014