Good information crucial to good decisions Oct. 7 Editorial

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2003

"The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government."

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

in a "Fireside Chat," April 14, 1938

Central Kenai Peninsula residents this week have an opportunity to become better informed citizens and, thus, the ability to contribute to creating a stronger, better government.

The League of Women Voters on Wednesday will sponsor a candidates' forum featuring those running for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and school board seats.

School board candidates will take the spotlight beginning at 6:30 p.m. Assembly candidates will follow at 8 p.m. The action will be at the Borough Building in Soldotna.

The Oct. 7 election is far from glitzy. Several races are uncontested. One school board seat failed to attract any candidates.

We hope, however, that residents won't be lulled into complacency and think the election is unimportant. It is.

And it's important residents know who they're voting for or against when they go to the polls. It's not enough that names sound familiar when voters mark their ballots. They also should know the positions of candidates.

The League of Women Voters forum allows candidates and residents to meet face to face. The League is a nonpartisan group; the only ax it has to grind is one for the best government possible.

We appreciate its effort in organizing Wednesday's forum. We hope voters will do their part by attending the forum and making it a point to get to know the candidates. Information is a powerful tool, especially when used wisely on election day.

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