OUR VIEW: Read up in lieu of messy debates

Published 12:03 pm Thursday, October 1, 2020

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If you watched Tuesday night’s presidential debate, it’s possible that you came across disappointed and wanting more from both candidates.

We typically don’t dive deeply into national politics — you can find millions of results from news agencies, Twitter users and Facebook ramblings at any time of day — but we’ve read a lot from critics who sized up the debate. Most believe no one won for various reasons, whether it was constant interrupting or just a lack of specificity when discussing important subjects.

So, here’s what we suggest.

It’s easy to get caught up in the highlights of this campaign, or to watch commercial after commercial of quick soundbites and get fired up one way or the other. Or to share your Uncle’s Facebook post where he’s blaming one of the candidates for all the world’s problems.

We recommend not falling into that trap.

There is plenty of information on both Donald Trump and Joe Biden to where you can make an informed decision about who to vote for. Both men have shared much about their platforms, and their records are very easy to research and understand. Both have spent much of their lives in the spotlight — one in politics and one getting rich via real estate and other avenues.

Whether you’re an undecided voter — and yes, believe it or not there are people still on the fence in this very polarizing election — or if you know who you plan to vote for, we recommend taking some time before Nov. 3 and doing even more research on that candidate.

We’re at a difficult time in our country given all that has taken place in 2020, so this an important election for obvious reasons.

And while you’re researching, we hope you’ll do your homework on local elections as well.

The LaGrange Daily News plans to live stream forums hosted by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce in the next few weeks, and we hope many will watch those forums and learn more about each candidate for sheriff, county commission and state races.

It’s officially October today, so November will be here before we know it.