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Everybody loves politics, right?

I’m right, you’re wrong - those kinds of politics. That’s where we’re at as a society. Democrats have been running for president since Donald Trump was elected and he plans on being president for life.

It’ll be that time a year again, any day now.

Not really though. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers can announce the special election to replace U.S. Representative Sean Duffy who will resign his seat on Sept. 23. After that, there will be a set of primaries and then the general election to fill the seat.

I was raised in a family where we weren’t supposed to say we hated things. But I hate 2019 politics, especially the politics where people say, “I don’t agree with you so we cannot be friends anymore.”

How foolish?

“Y’know Ted, we’ve been friends since I sat next to you on the bus in third grade. It was my first day at school and you didn’t have any friends. We have been best friends through school, we disagreed on Reagan and the Clintons. But this President thing has gone too far.”

Whether you love or hate Trump, he will not be president forever and eventually, you’ll need Ted. There’s a good chance your friends are more important than whoever is sitting in the oval office.

I blabber and mumble about politics to make this point. The Sentinel will now be charging for election letters. Over the past few years, candidates have realized they can get free advertising in the letters to the editor section of local newspapers. They have hired writers to send endorsement letters to local papers. These letters are not original in thought and go against the idea of letters to the editor section.

So, not anymore.

The letters to the editor section is meant to be a public forum, not a free section to spout off and run roughshod over this local business, your hometown newspaper.

Here is our new policy that will go into effect when the next election rolls around.

“The Burnett County Sentinel accepts election letters endorsing or advocating for or against a ballot measure, party or candidate as paid advertising announcements. The fee is $25 minimum for up to 250 word and 10¢ each additional word. Like other letters to the editor, the writer’s name, address and phone number are required. Phone numbers are not published. The Sentinel has the right to reject letters which don’t meet publishing standards and will determine if the letter qualifies as a paid endorsement. Paid letters will be identified with a label and may or may not appear on the opinion/letters page.”

Gotta question? Gotta tip? It’s easy to contact me, give me a call at 715-463-2341 or shoot me an email -

See ya next week.