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It’s no secret that politics have become increasingly mean-spirited, and that it’s difficult to know where fact ends and falsehood begins when evaluating candidates.
But that’s no reason to throw your hands up and leave others to make the decisions today.
If you believe the national pundits, the midterms are ho-hum affairs. But don’t be fooled, there is much at stake for all of us in these elections.
Whatever your leaning, don’t bypass the polls Tuesday.
As added motivation, remember that Veterans Day is next week. What do you think those who have given their lives, or have devoted their lives to upholding the truths that our forefathers declared to be self-evident would think of our failure to exercise the right to vote?
If you aren’t sure who to vote for, check out our coverage of the campaigns and stances of the candidates at www.MyrtleBeachOnline.com/politics before you cast your ballot.
If you run into problems at the polls, be sure to alert us with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 843-626-0300. And if you want to tell us why you voted the way you voted, share your thoughts at www.Facebook.com/sunnews.
We’ll be updating results throughout the night on Facebook, via Twitter and will send text alerts for final results in major races. We have later-than-usual deadlines Tuesday, but if there are problems that delay vote counting, we’ll run the latest results possible in print and, of course, the final counts will be available online.
We published this a couple of weeks ago, and have had no calls to indicate anyone is targeting our subscribers, but we’d rather be safe than sorry where our customers are concerned.
A number of news organizations and other publishing companies across the country, including some in the Carolinas, have been targeted by a scam in which a company contacts subscribers demanding payment for a supposed renewal. The documents are labeled “renewal notices,” and in at least one case demanded $569.95 for a year's subscription to “The News Observer” — far above the normal rate for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., which, like The Sun News, is owned by The McClatchy Co.
The letters claim to be from an “independent subscription agent” who will file the subscription with the proper publishers, or possibly “switch your order to other magazines” with the option of a refund. The letters direct would-be subscribers to the website of United Publishers Exchange, and carry the billing of the Associated Publishers Network. The letter asks payments be sent to Nevada.
The Associated Publishers Network, based in Henderson, Nev., and United Publishers Exchange, in Medford, Ore., both have earned “F” grades from the Better Business Bureau. Legitimate bills from The Sun News will include the paper's logo and its Myrtle Beach return address. If you get a suspicious notice, please contact The Sun News at 1-866-780-0786.
Thanks, as always, for reading and for sharing your views of how we’re doing.