Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Election broke troubling new ground

One of the most troubling aspects of the recently concluded James City County Board of Supervisors race was the antagonistic attitude the Republican candidates took toward the media in general, and this newspaper in particular.

I'm not talking about the election signs inviting voters to "Annoy the Gazette, vote Republican," or the plane towing the aerial banner on election day urging you to fight local media bias by voting Republican. That's all part of the campaign fun, even if sophomoric.

I'm referring to the unprecedented decision by the Republican candidates, acting as a block, to refuse to talk to the Virginia Gazette. They would only communicate in writing...