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As the campaign winds down...

October 29, 2008

In less than two weeks, the 2008 elections will be history. Between now and then, The Herald-Mail will make every effort to publish all election-related letters. But there is only so much space available in the paper and as of Monday, we had more than 40 election-related letters waiting to run.

We will run as many of those as possible, but those that can't run in the paper will be placed in the letters area of our Web site, at www. herald-mail.com, so that the effort that readers put into writing them won't be lost.

As we have done in the past, the final election-related letters will run in our printed edition on Sunday, Nov. 2. Monday, Nov. 3, the day prior to the election, will be reserved for get-out-the-vote letters.

Letters that are hand-delivered or faxed the day before the election won't be printed, because there will be no time to input them into the system. Nor will last-minute letters that make charges that cannot be easily substantiated. These are not fair to the candidates and printing them without investigating their claims would not be professional on our part.

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And, although we shouldn't have to mention this, pulling something clever off an Internet site and pretending that it's your own stuff is not allowed.

We thank all of the readers who have expressed political opinions during this campaign.

We hope that once the votes are counted and the campaign is over, all of us can come together to tackle the problems this nation faces, not as members of political parties, but as American citizens.

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