If Labor Day is here then the political season is also in full swing.
Lawn signs, door-knocking politicians and letters to the editors are as much a part of fall as high school athletics or making plans to put the boat away for the winter.
Sept. 14 is the primary election date. The Dispatch will not publish any letters on state primary races after this Friday. This practice prevents any political letter writer from making a last-minute, unsubstantiated accusation without allowing time for rebuttal. It also gives readers a break from electoral politics and a chance to offer opinions on other topics. Politics is fair game after the Primary until shortly before the general election, when the Dispatch will impose another pre-election embargo on political letters.
Open Forum writers are also reminded to limit any endorsement letters to 50 words or less. They should be forewarned that letters that contain a host of difficult-to-verify facts may be delayed or even result in the letter being shelved.
Enjoy the fall season.
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