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Marlene Christenson, Fargo, Published November 11 2012

Letter: Editorials expose Forum’s contradictions

I applaud The Forum for your editorial of Nov. 6 encouraging Americans to “Vote, but please be informed.” Many excellent observations were made, but I find it perplexing that The Forum, after endorsing all Republican candidates without exception, would then in that editorial make the following statement: “Stay home if the only criterion that drives your vote is party loyalty.”

Does it then follow that Republicans were the only informed choice in every partisan contest? To further quote the same editorial, “How can it be good citizenship to vote the party line when it’s been obvious for decades that party alone is not a guarantee of competent candidates or good government?”

My question is: Do these admonitions apply only to voters and not to our local newspaper, which is in a position to have considerable influence on readers?