COLUMN: Endorsements just one part of political conversation

Starting this week, the Malheur Enterprise will be voicing its opinion about selected measures and candidates for office. I’d like to explain our process.

Our endorsements are meant to just add another voice to the public debate on these matters. We have no illusion that anyone will use our endorsements as their checklist when they start marking ballots, which start landing in mailboxes soon.

Rather, we hope to add perspective and information for voters to consider. At the newspaper, we spend a lot of time covering local issues and local people. That sets the stage for our endorsements – understanding what’s been happening, who’s been effective and who’s been ineffective in tackling community issues.

Then, we launch into our election coverage. This proceeds on two parallel tracks.

The first track is our reporting on local . . .