I had looked forward to no elections for local offices in 2009. For me, that means no candidate questionnaires, no public forum to moderate and, so I thought, fewer politically based letters to the editor.
So much for that last hope. But that's OK with me. I want readers to respond to issues, but I do lament the tone some letter writers have taken, preferring to complain and caricature rather than offer suggestions. Sometimes the truth gets trampled and the very issue up for public debate is forgotten amid partisan jabs.