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Consider This: Campaign Ads

Election Day 2006 is now behind us. Thank you to all of you who voted. Hopefully, you're happy with some, if not all, the results.

Unfortunately, not enough of you took advantage of the privilege we share as Americans, the opportunity to choose our elected officials and vote on the issues. Voter turnout records aren't official yet, but most reports are that less than 40% of registered voters turned out in this very important election year. That's fewer than four out of ten registered voters. That's an abysmal number when so many local and state races were on the ballot. If you didn't vote, you have no reason to complain about the outcome or the policies and plans put into place by the candidates who were elected.

Whether you voted or not, I'm sure you're grateful the political advertising has ended. From the negative attack ads on the radio, TV and in newspapers, to the mailbox-cramming direct mail and the recorded telephone messages, by last Tuesday we were all looking forward to an end to the daily assault.

But just when you thought it was safe, potential candidates are starting to position themselves for a run at the presidency in 2008. Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack already announced last week that he will run. We can hope for a more positive, issues-based presidential campaign in 2008, but we're afraid that's unlikely. It seems the people who orchestrate political campaigns just want to focus on the negatives and attack their opponents. And that's why so many people are turned off by the political process and voter turnout is dismal.

That's what we think. Tell us what you think.

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