The temperatures are cooling down and the air is growing crisp - but the political season is heating up and the atmosphere is growing heavy and hot.

The Nugget invites and encourages a vigorous discourse on all the issues facing the Sisters community, Central Oregon and the nation in this election cycle. We request that letters address issues and candidates' positions and records and refrain from personal attacks either on candidates or their supporters.

We strive to publish all letters that meet our standards. However, those addressing local, regional and state issues and races will be given precedence.

The national political temper is very raw, and it can easily percolate into local discourse. In these fraught times, Sisters author Larry Len Peterson provides a quote from Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address. Lincoln's words failed to calm the roiled waters in 1861, but perhaps they will resonate here and now:

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

Jim Cornelius

Editor in Chief