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It’s that time again! — To make a tea sandwich? To make bubbles with our spit? No, it’s questionnaire time! (Ten points to the first in comments to get the references here, without Googling!)
We’re doing something a little different this time, almost like going back yet something totally new. It was inspired by the Globe’s Boston mayoral questions, outlined here by BMG. In that, we’re going to go back to “written” (well, hopefully, typed for the most part) questionnaires. But with a twist.
We’ll be doing a series of yes/no questions, no elaboration, with which to publish a matrix table of answers. Then, also, a few essay questions that the candidates can use to elaborate on their platforms and values. The matrix is useful to see where people stand on some of the most important issues, quickly, and to compare apples to apples in regards to your vote. The essays will give candidates a chance to be verbose.
By the way, I reserve the right to fill in yes/no answers to questions for candidates who do NOT reply, if their stand on that question is known and published elsewhere. It would behoove candidates, even those who despise LiL, to answer, since we ask everyone the same set of questions and publish the answers without prejudice. I suspect we’ll not hear from a one of “them,” but it’s their loss.
What we want is reader input. This is for two reasons…first, I’m lazy. I can come up with a lotta questions as can Jack, but hey! Spread the work around! We all work for free after all! Second, and of course the really important reason, is that we want to ask questions on issues YOU care about the most. So, think up questions, on any subject pertaining to the elections, and it might just make it into the official questionnaire! If you want to email me directly instead of post in comments, my email is of course lynne [at] leftinlowell.com (replace [at] with @, no spaces).
PS - even though the two school committees are rather sparse for challengers, feel free to give us questions for those races as well!!
OK, have at. Wheel of Morality turn turn turn…
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