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Mind your election manners

Published 6:01pm Friday, January 13, 2012

It’s been 70 years since Disney’s ‘Bambi’ landed in theaters.

Still, even after seven decades, one very simple quote from that move rings as true now as it ever did.

“If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.”

Something as simply uttered from a cartoon rabbit could as well be stitched on a sampler. Frankly, it’s sage advice.

As political season gets in full swing we’d like to remind all candidates that open ears are not a dumping ground for mud. They’re a place to plant ideas, not vitriol.

It’s easier to gain votes with ideas than it is with slander. Small minds point out what others can’t accomplish while great minds accomplish great things. Our advice – or better yet, Thumper’s advice – suits national, state and local candidates.

Run on your platform, with your own ideas and with your own goals. Stay off the soapbox and away from the mud.

Voters are looking for leadership not a comedian ready with a smarmy quip.

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