The unsigned pieces on this page (labeled “Our View”) represent the thinking of the Dayton Daily News editorial board. The purpose of this page and the page opposite is to create a public place for the exchange of ideas. The Dayton Daily News editorial board shares its opinions because we believe robust debate on the issues of the day is a hallmark of a vital democracy and strong communities. We believe that party labels tell voters nothing about the competence or integrity of public officials. We believe in pragmatic, compassionate government.