Our View: More from the debate season

Oct. 22, 2012 @ 03:01 PM

While there has been a significant amount of discussion over the last two presidential debates and even more talk about last week's vice-presidential debate, there has been little discussion over something with a little more local flavor.

Last week, North Carolina House and Senate candidates squared off in a public forum at the Cool Springs Administration Office.

Each candidate fielded questions that were pre-determined as well as those entertained from audience members.

No matter what your political views may be, one thing can be sure, after last week's local debate, those that took part should know exactly where each of the candidates stand on particular issues.

Phil Feagan and Ralph Hise discussed the state budget, partisanship and education funding as part of their Senate debate.

Mark Brown and Mike Hager addressed the same points and all four answered questions pointedly and honestly, leaving little question on each of their views.

To us, that is what the debate season is all about.

It is not an opportunity for people to learn why you shouldn't vote for one person or another, rather to learn why you should vote for one person or another.

It is a chance to become educated in the views and philosophies of each of the candidates. Then, take away that knowledge and cast your vote for whom you believe will best serve the people of each district.

No one should tell you who or who not to vote for. It is the responsibility for every voter to become informed and these forums are the best approach.

Tonight, Rutherford County Commission candidates Pruett Walden and Greg Lovelace will take their turn in the hot seats, as well those seeking election to the Rutherford County Board of Education.

We aren't going to beg and plead for everyone to attend because, in the end, it is each voter's decision to be informed and how to do so.

However, if it is an instance where you might still be undecided or on the fence about a race, this is a perfect opportunity to meet with those seeking the office and ask for clarification.

It is not meant to be partisan or to attack any one candidate or another, but it is meant to inform ... plain and simple.

This is the perfect opportunity to get that information so, when you go to the polls in November, you are voting with knowledge and confidence.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Publisher Jake Volcsko and Editor Matthew Clark