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October 25, 2013

'Debate' wasn't much of one|

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We heard a lot about what the candidates are for (a county manager; more sales tax revenue for the town), and a little bit about what they’re against (fracking) — and not an awful lot about what they would actually do if elected. 

So when Oneonta voters go to the polls on Nov. 5, how will they make their decisions? Will they choose the man or woman whose last name they recognize? The person who’s lived in Oneonta longer? Will they simply look at the party lines, and check off all the boxes on down the line? Will they pick the person who spoke the most glibly, or who is the most attractive? 

Those are all lousy reasons to elect someone to local office. But if Wednesday night’s love-in — sorry, debate — was meant to give us a full measure of these candidates, that may be all the voters have to go on. 

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