Guest Editorial: Exaggerated claims don't help anyone

Elected officials, ballot initiative supporters and opponents, campaign managers and anyone else who writes, texts or tweets outlandish claims and promises should be required to stay after the election and write on the blackboard (remember those) 100 times: “I will not make stuff up.”

After they have a chance to rest their arm, they need to go back to the board — OK, a whiteboard and a Sharpie works, too — and write 100 more times: “I am sorry for promising too much.”

It’s gotten way too easy for anyone trying to win over the public to promise way more than they can deliver. They latch on to a...


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