I stopped to vote on my way home Tuesday, it was already after 7 p.m., (I know, I shouldn’t work that late. I must need a job coach to help me get more organized.) and the election judges were all happy and calm. They said the new poll pad for signing in voters worked like a dream. Nobody had to remember what ward they live in, the just had to know their address.
The judges also confirmed that the turnout was high for a primary election—steady all day. My sister-in-law, Rita Weiss, is the head election judge for Sleepy Eye. She said it seemed like a record to her, at least it was the most voters she can remember having for a primary.
Good for us! And, I think, good for our state. From what I gathered on the news Tuesday night, voter turnout was high throughout the state. I imagine interest will continue to grow from now until the general election in November. (Or else, we’ll get tired of the advertising and sniping and just want to get it over with!)
Thank you to the four men who put themselves out there for consideration in the Brown County Sheriff’s race. I am sure they appreciate those who took the time to vote. That will also be a contest to follow this fall. I watched the candidates debate, that the New Ulm League of Women Voters sponsored—it was on the New Ulm cable channel that we get—and it appeared that there was some testiness between our two final candidates.
Thank you for voting, and if you didn’t, make it a priority to learn about the candidates and vote in November.
This week, newspapers across the country are addressing the issue of freedom of the press on their editorial pages. The reason for this is the fact that we have a president who calls any news story that he doesn’t like “fake news” and says that journalists are “the enemy of the people.” That’s not the way our country was meant to work. The United States Constitution, which President Trump claims to uphold, protects freedom of the press.
Freedom of the press does not mean that we are free to publish untruths. It means we are free to publish news stories, based on facts, interviews and research. That is what we all strive to do. And, if we make an error—after all, we are only human—we correct it.
I am happy to say that I have not been accused of publishing “fake news.” I have been told my opinions are too strong, or too wrong, but that’s what opinions are for. Send me your opinions—we love letters to the editors!
The problem is that many journalists in our country have received threats of physical harm. These threats seem to be fueled by President Trump’s angry words. As your local journalist, I am asking you to think hard when you hear him say that the media are horrible, despicable people. They aren’t. They are professionals—telling their readers and listeners what happened.