A bias is exposed

It is always interesting to see letters to the editor stating emphatically that The Maui News is a biased publication that does not allow opposing views equal opportunity on this page.

In the first place, if that were true, we wouldn’t be printing letters proclaiming that bias. We’d simply throw them in the trash.

But, here are a few things that should be considered:

The person who writes the daily editorial does not pick out which columns, letters and cartoons appear on this page – in fact, he does not see them until they are published:

In the course of the 2010 election cycle, the editorial writer was described by a candidate for state Senate as “the publisher of Maui Pravda.” At the same time, the head of the opposition party declared that same writer was a “right-wing fanatic.”

And, finally, a confession: In the last 50 years, the two presidents this editorial writer considers the most effective are Ronald Reagan . . . and Bill Clinton.

As was written here more than a year ago, if there is a pattern in our political preferences, we fail to detect it. We have endorsed candidates from both parties and, in fact, despise ideologues. We embrace – and endorse – candidates we think are independent thinkers, not those married to party lines.

We much prefer politicians who consider the merit of an argument more than their party’s position on it.

If there is a bias in the editorials, it is a simple one – we appreciate politicians who serve the public, not their parties.

(A version of this editorial has appeared previously in The Maui News.)

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.