Let's face it, most political information isn't so much presented as sprinkled: a road sign, a sound bite, a phone call, a card.
Newspapers do the best job of reporting on campaign issues and the stands of various candidates -- certainly in greater depth than TV or radio.
But newspapers come out in various editions. It could take a month or so to cover all the questions and races. Even for the diligent voter, it takes a lot of digging and sorting to assemble all of the relevant data.
I gave a speech last week at a conference of "paraprofessionals" -- folks who work in libraries, but don't happen to have library degrees. After my talk was over, I got a private tour of the recently refurbished Regis University Library. The Dean, Andrew Scrimgeour, was my tour guide. He was a good one, too.
Well, the elections are over (for now).
I admit that on the day of the Primary, I still hadn't made up my mind about a few races. So I devoted some private time not only to reviewing the library's Making Democracy Work folders, but to finding out what was available on the World Wide Web.
In keeping with observations I've made in previous columns, I found newspapers to be the definitive information source. But now they're online: the Douglas County News Press, the Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News.
Tell the truth. Do you find your life interesting?
And if you do, do you think other people do?
I admit that I find the "life" of the Douglas Public Library District very interesting indeed. Recently, I've discovered that so does the rest of the world.
I mean that literally. I've been reviewing some statistics from our home page, the library's location on the World Wide Web (http://douglas.lib.co.us).