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Story Time

Google it if you so choose

Who among us has a squeaky clean past? Certainly not I and certainly, it appears, not several of the candidates currently seeking public office in the Lower Valley.

In recent days it's been brought to the attention of the Daily Sun News the past transgressions of several people who are seeking the votes of local residents come this November. The documentation that's been provided is in most cases readily accessible via the internet. This information is primarily public records from court cases or gleaned from police reports. Most of these cases have been civil matters (money owed and not paid), although there is a sprinkling of more serious charges.

The Daily Sun News regularly reports on criminal activity. Our stories, based on actions that are occurring now and which run the gauntlet from shootings to drug busts to burglaries and assaults, will continue to appear on these pages.

The types of stories the Daily Sun News has chosen not to give detailed coverage to include such activity as restraining orders, passing bad checks, not paying taxes on time or court cases where one party is alleging that another party owes them money. That's not to say our stories don't mention these types of reports phoned in to the police, but we do not routinely go into detail on such matters. If we did, to be quite blunt about it, our pages would be filled with nothing but stories on who's suing who and married couples who don't know how to be civil to one another when they've decided to part ways.

Granted, there is a fine line on what we choose to report on when it comes to police and court cases. But we here believe the Daily Sun News has established a well-defined track record on what will and will not appear on these pages.

If you feel you need all the skinny on one, or several, of the local political candidates, it doesn't require much homework on your part to gather the pertinent data. City, county and state websites routinely offer the type of information you're seeking. Happy searching!

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