In addition to Ron Swift’s delightful column, one of the great things about the Irrigator, our local hometown paper, is just that—it is a local, hometown paper, with just local news and issues. As a weekly, it doesn’t pretend to cover state, national or international news or issues.
And because of that, another great things results—we don’t have to get another dose of Sacramento and Washington’s mindless partisan bickering and insanity. People are welcome in Patterson, no matter what party they belong to, and national party partisanship has no place in the operation, leadership, politics, or community life we enjoy in Patterson. We don’t divide ourselves based on politics or religion here.
So, it is sad to see the ‘Your Voice’ page featuring partisan, divisive political letters, echoing national party talking points. Do we really need that? I don’t want to infringe on anyone’s freedom of expression, but the Irrigator does not have to be anyone’s personal political blog.
So, let’s let the recent insanity in Washington, and the importance of local leadership be a reminder to keep party politics out of our city scene.
As one step, the City Council could have this discussion and put in place goals, procedures, supports or guidelines for keeping national political party affiliations, issues, contributions, influence or involvement out of our City elections and political processes. We are very blessed here in Patterson, and our local politics and news have always been plenty exciting and interesting enough.
Let’s no divide and lower ourselves to be part of the mindless national party politics.