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Our View: Dirty tricks in campaigns sour election

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:

Thumbs down: To dirty campaign tricks from sending anonymous hit-piece mailers without identifying who’s paying for it, frivolous lawsuits filed with the sole purpose of trying to politically embarrass candidates, ad hominem attacks on real people from fake people who hide behind screen names on the Internet and other methods used by people who think the best methods for propping up their candidate is to sneakily attack the other. Voters have plenty of opportunities to find legitimate, credible information about candidates. We hope they consider the sources, particularly the ones who’ve chosen to hide.

Thumbs up: To Bull Valley for realizing it was asking for too much in a $5 million road repair referendum and now encouraging residents to vote it down. Instead, the village administrator is looking into grants to cover fixing the village roads. If the referendum does pass, the board said it will not get the alternative revenue bonds.

Thumbs down: To Prairie Grove School District 46. Months of infighting, tense school board meetings and outright accusations have led to some parents calling for the school board president’s resignation, along with three other board members. It hasn’t led to progress in the district, and, at times, has led to juvenile statements on both sides.

Thumbs up: To the hundreds – thousands? – of McHenry County residents who have made St. Baldrick’s Day the huge event it is today. St. Baldrick’s participants get their heads shaved bald for donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for charity. Well more than $200,000 was raised locally this year, $180,000 alone from the event held at McHenry West High School. We congratulate everyone who contributed.

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