Letter to the Editor: We don’t need groundless accusations

Editor:

I read with interest, and then with dismay, the article in Wednesday’s paper, “Election 2017: Groups host forums – Two candidates to hold own events.”

I was shocked to read that Cindy Bailey is accusing the five community organizations sponsoring the upcoming candidate forums as biased. As a former candidate myself, who participated in one of the forums hosted by these five organizations in 2015, I saw no evidence whatever of any such bias.

I have not seen Ms. Bailey offer any evidence for the charge she makes. Instead, she seems to be expressing suspicion and questioning the integrity of the five reputable organizational sponsors, which include the Farm Bureau of Shenandoah County; the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce; the Shenandoah Forum; the Shenandoah County Education Association; and Friends of the North Fork, with which I am involved.

These five reputable organizations, representing many parts of our community, are all pursuing the non-partisan purpose of helping voters to learn about the candidates and where they stand on the issues, in a non-partisan format, in advance of the Nov. 7 election.

These five organizations are performing precisely the public service we need in these politically troubled times. The sowing of suspicion, however, in the form of groundless accusations, is precisely what we do not need.

The political ideal of America has always been that people come together to advance the common good, and I intend to support those candidates who show that spirit.

April Moore, Orkney Springs

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