Only 18 more shopping days until the general election. Then voters have to make their final choices.
For those who have already made up their minds, early voting starts Tuesday. Voting locations ran in Wednesday's and Thursday's papers in ads taken out by Davis and Weber counties. The sample ballot for Davis County also ran Thursday. Weber's sample ballot is scheduled to run Oct. 31.
The Standard-Examiner plans to run its special election section Thursday, Oct. 21, which will include rundowns on all the contested races in the Top of Utah.
Also, next week the Standard-Examiner will begin running its endorsements in selected races. We'll also post on our website video interviews conducted by the newspaper's editorial board with the Democratic and Republican candidates for selected races.
The board decided not to interview third party and independent candidates because of time constraints. Two elections ago we interviewed all the candidates for the selected races and it was just too burdensome. However, the news stories in the election section will include information on all candidates on the ballot.
A couple of weeks ago I reported that we had heard back from all the candidates we invited in for video interviews except Democratic State Senate District 18 hopeful Betty Sawyer. I am happy to report that Sawyer has come in for an interview. She attributed her lack of initial response to a misunderstanding on who she was to contact at the paper. As it stands now, the only candidate we invited who hasn't scheduled or completed an interview is Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Lee. He has cancelled twice and, as of Friday afternoon, has not rescheduled.
I have no idea if that is by design or not. I guess we aren't that important.
COMIC CHANGES: Unrelated to politics, we have a change coming in the funny papers. Starting Nov. 8, "Dustin," will replace "For Better or For Worse" on our daily comics page.
(Yes, I buried this announcement).
"For Better or For Worse" will continue to run in the Sunday comics. "Dustin," which follows the exploits of a middle class family with an adult son living at home, was the runaway winner of our comics tryout this summer as voted by readers.
Lynn Johnston, the creator of "For Better or For Worse", retired two years ago and since then the syndicate has been running repeats of her once-popular column. The strip is one of the most expensive we have in our lineup. And, quite frankly I have a problem paying for the same content twice. Rather than reduce the cost to newspapers running the strip because they are now reruns, the syndicate recently announced a 3 percent increase.
That helped me make my decision. What would readers do if we took Friday's paper, changed the date to today (Saturday) and delivered that product instead? They'd demand a refund.
Andy Howell is executive editor. You can contact him at 801-625-4210 or email@example.com.