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Hoping 2013 campaigns are issue oriented

With each passing year, as the political and economic climate continues to change, so to does the feeling that political campaigns and discussions on budgets never really stop.

2013 is no exception, as we are set to begin another round in the political spectrum. It will begin in March as several area villages will hold races for seats that range from mayor, to trustee, to village justice.

Once that it complete, school boards and then onto town and races for Erie County Legislature and Comptroller, among the big ones that will be taking place in 2013.

In the weeks and months to come, The Sun will be including the names of candidates running for the respective positions.

Like any year with major races, campaigning is about coming up with a strategy to come out with more votes than your opponent. As campaigns head into full swing, unfortunately it can bring out the worst. Despite the frustrations often discussed by voters, mud slinging constantly rears its ugly head.

This is something we hope does not happen in 2013.

There are many common issues that school districts and municipalities face, with budgetary concerns being at the forefront of a lot of them.

If there is ever a time in life where we need positive reinforcement, it is now.

This certainly is not to say that candidates should not make a point as to why they believe their opponents’ ideas would not work, but at this time, it is more vital to talk about why candidates feel they are the best person for that office, then focus on what many feel at times are personal attacks on their opponents.

We are at a critical point where focusing on the problems is less important than coming up with solutions to the problems.

One issue that seems to be a constant is how to deal with increasing retirement costs without burdening taxpayers with major increases?

Costs are on the increase in many areas, but at the same time, it is not fair to drop major tax hikes on people during a time when many are struggling to make ends meet.

As a candidate, we want to hear, what will you do for the voters? Why should we vote for you? Not, why shouldn’t we vote for what his or her opponents will not be doing for you?

Everything is not all a bed of roses anywhere, we realize that. There are serious issues that will need to be addressed. Different candidates are going to offer different solutions.

But it is more important than ever in today’s society that all campaigns focus on solutions.

• On Saturday night, Feb. 9, the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department will be the latest to hold its annual installation dinner.

There are signs at other fire departments around the area congratulating those who were installed in different fire companies throughout the area.

We want to congratulate not only those people who have been installed, but to thank all of our firefighters for what they do.

These fine men and women are truly heroes and great credits to our communities.

• We would be remiss if we did not congratulate Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters, who was recently named as President of the Association of Erie County Governments.

Walters assumed the role from Brant Town Supervisor Leonard Pero.

We would also like to extend our congratulations and thank you to Pero for his hard work while serving in that role as well.

This is a great honor for Walters, who just began the fourth year of his second term in office last month.

Walters, along with Councilmembers Amy Ziegler and Joseph Collins, are in the final year of their terms, which will expire on Dec. 31.
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