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Already local election signs are popping up like daffodils around the county.
Democracy, indeed, is a beautiful thing, but sometimes the process can get ugly.
Sadly, some of Roane County elections get a case of the “uglies” now and then, and we expect a few races in the June 2 election to hit a few sour notes before the ballots are tabulated.
One thing to be on the lookout for are unsigned “slam” sheets that spread unsupported rumors and innuendo in an attempt to sway the vote.
These things — reminiscent of the slam books by mean-spirited school children — show up mysteriously in mail boxes and doors, usually just before the election.
Sometimes unfounded rumors are whispered person-to-person, neighbor-to-neighbor, colleague-to-colleague.
To grow as a county, we must get away from this kind of electioneering and this kind of voting.
We urge you to learn more about the candidates, either here in the newspaper, at forums and by talking to the people who are running face-to-face, by e-mail or by phone.
Don’t base your vote on scuttlebutt and misinformation.
Our communities deserve better than that.