Jan 26, 2010

From the desk

by Amanda Sullivan

For as long as I can remember, I have had a vested interest in politics, both locally and nationally. I blame my parents for this obsession. I can remember watching and discussing the 2000 presidential election with my dad when I was about 12 years old. I am fairly certain that I have watched every presidential election since my birth because my parents have done so, but the 2000 election is the first time I remember forming my own opinion.
Although I have always been interested in politics as whole, I believe that voting is both my Christian and civic duty. I believe that individuals should exercise their right to vote, taking a stand for their principals and convictions — regardless of which side of the political line the voter’s truisms fall.

As editor in chief, I feel that it is important for me to inform you on my stance about voting to set the stage for the rest of the semester. The Champion staff has adopted the idea of informed voting as its pet project. The staff will be employing its journalistic skills by investigating the local politics of Lynchburg.
This project is not a Liberty University versus the city project, but rather a series of articles exploring the facts and financial data about the city and the university. The staff plans to cover topics such as how college students contribute to the community through taxes, their impact on small and large businesses, property rights and voter rights.

The Champion staff’s goal is to provide you, the student or reader, with the information needed for you to accurately and effectively form your own opinion. One of the ways we plan to inform you is by offering candidate profiles as the May 4 election draws near.

Although The Champion staff will be conducting its own research and surveys to prove to students why they should vote locally and why they have a right to vote locally, we encourage you to not take our word on the subject matter, but to do your own research regarding the issues.

The article series will appear in the News section each week, starting with the next edition. We encourage you to e-mail your questions and comments to us.

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