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Tales of ink and sausage-making

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 1:23 pm | Updated: 12:38 pm, Fri Jan 4, 2013.

Suddenly, it's election time, and opinion pages are filled with point-counterpoint columns and ballot recommendations. Here are snippets from three:

Arnold York, The Malibu Times, with a (sort of) olive branch: "Since there is a presidential election going on and some friends have suggested that I might be just a wee bit partisan, I want to extend an offer to you Republicans, or Independents or declined-to-state types to do some guest columns. The only rules are a maximum length of 750 words and no dirty words."

Roy Herburger, Elk Grove Citizen, with a warning on politicking in non-partisan races: "It should be the person's qualification, experience, and past records, not their activities in a political party. More will come from this newspaper publisher if this is true."

Robert Price, The Bakersfield Californian, on the parade of endorsement-seekers: "Voices have been raised and fingers pointed. In every case so far, though, it's been the index finger. No one has ever come to blows, but we've shared chilly elevator rides back down to the lobby."