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A note concerning recommendations

Published Oct. 8, 2005

This newspaper publishes recommendations to help readers become more knowledgeable voters. The job is not easy, nor is it one we take lightly.

Editors send candidates questionnaires to obtain information about their backgrounds and positions on issues. Editors compare these responses, examine campaign materials and study the candidates through an array of public records and sources. Editors also invite the candidates for private interviews, and they may call on the insights of other people in the community to learn more about the candidates.

The goal is to provide readers with our recommendation of who is best for the job and why. We hope these recommendations will entice readers to learn more about the candidates and vote for their choices on Election Day.