As we enter the election cycle for 2012, I wish to air my pet grievance concerning the voting habits of the majority of the country.

As long as the major media hype the "popularity" of the candidates, people will remain ignorant about the main issue: "Is this the person who will do the best job?" Where character, integrity and principle are far more important to the future of the country than electability, it behooves us to find some way to assess those values in the person we vote for.

Most of the information will be found in public records or publications other than major media news or TV ads paid for by the candidates. Speeches are of little help also, since none of the candidates are going to be completely candid about their position or background — especially if they wish to remain "popular."

Doug Slater

Oakley