Our readers may have been a little spoiled by the parade of local endorsements and editorials during election season.

This past week, we returned to our practice of running a couple of different guest editorials from newspapers around the country. These editorials are opinions from national newspapers. We don’t necessarily agree with them, but we believe they are opinions that give readers a different perspective.

On Thursday we ran and Orange County Register editorial that said that Republicans were the only ones who could bring down the federal deficit. The Orange County Register, based in a suburb of Los Angeles, tends to write conservative editorials. But I caution, that has nothing to do with their reporting on the news.

On Friday, we ran a New York Times editorial that took the stand that the latest Republican tax overhaul would actually hurt middle class taxpayers. While the New York Times tends to write liberal-leaning editorials, I again caution that has nothing to do with their reporting on issues.

The New York Times reporting is some of the best in the world and this editorial was based on an analysis done by its reporters.

One person said we should be “embarrassed” to run a N.Y. Times editorial. Another person chastised us for running the Orange County Register editorial.

None of us should be afraid of reading viewpoints that differ from our own. We should never be afraid to reviews facts that might challenge our own beliefs. That is what an informed electorate does.

And that’s what these editorials did.

We all could learn something from them.



Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

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