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Editorial: The Referendum

Since we covered the Coliseum referendum and its local pertinence, it is important to mention that nothing written was meant as a judgment of the county executive. He, more so even than most elected officials right now, is a man with a very hard job. He is doing what he thinks is best to dig our county out of a catastrophic situation that was years in the making.

Our point was that readers should use these big issues to judge their candidates as much as those already in office. The reality is that the Legislature votes with their leaders.

If you don’t agree with big issues like the $400 million bond, as many voters of both parties didn’t, you might want to think about which candidates would have voted for it and against it. Most issues at the county level are as big and as controversial right now. The county executive has been forced to try some extreme measures that draw a lot of controversy – from voters and officials - even within the Republican party.

It is too bad more major issues don’t go to referendum. Especially if candidates are not honest about how they would represent voters on important issues.