Jen, you are a Honcho now it's official! Congrats, you ROCK! All the best to you.
Aren't Simison and Furda the two mental giants that wanted to give snacks and happy stickers to drive ignorant millennials to the polls? I said at the time that stunt was more self-promotion than community service. Looks like I was right.
great people for great publications
It's about time, your in Great hands John and Fran. Enjoy and relax. You go Gorls Congrats. Cheers Chad Mason
You couldn't have picked two more capable and talented women to take the reins!! Great transition!
Thank you John for always putting out a great product. You have a fabulous team taking over!
Way to go girls!!! #welldeserved
But the choices are awful!! We are politically still stuck in the 80s!
Accomplishment vs activity.
'Accomplishment' is to have the party BEFORE voting and immediately AFTER hosting a debate between the candidates (or similar voter-education event). At least there would be a sincere effort to inform the target voter about how they might shape their city. And there would be something useful to talk about at Nosh while the band was on break.
'Activity' is to wear stickers, post selfies, browbeat friends, attend a party undifferentiated from any other. Its like junior league sports where they give out trophies and awards to every kid, no matter how well or poorly they actually performed. You know, the trophy you get for showing up.
But the low-fi voter will feel good about their day. The organizers will add another entry to their LinkedIn profiles.
I doubt habitual non-voters who really just want to party will spend much time studying up.
You can be pessimistic about it, as some commenters here suggest, or you can hope for the best. Two good things can happen here:
1. Informed people who are too busy or are disenchanted and think their vote might not count could be motivated to give it a go.
2.People who want to go party may put voting on their to-do list and decide they'd better study up. Sometimes we can harness peer pressure for good.
Will a few dazed and confused just fill out a ballot mindlessly so they can get cheaper drinks at a party? Perhaps. Not sure their random influence could be much worse than the mindless party-line voting that goes on all the time.
Thanks Liberty for COS. If this weren't so serious a topic, the juxtaposition of incongruity would be slap-stick funny...
"We aren't the slackers portrayed in late '90s and early '00s pop culture."
"We don't care if you're coming out for the music, the sticker, the beer, the food, the nonprofits, or just to see and be seen. Just come out and help us #RockTheVoteCOS!"
If only they cared whether or not people cast informed votes as much as they care about self-promotion.
PacksA9--Couldn't agree more. If citizens aren't moved enough to become informed on the issues confronting them and vote, then I'm not too thrilled about the additional voters who turn out because yet another special interest group throws a party. Every citizen needs to understand his or her responsibility in maintaining our liberty. Yes--that means taking the time to do some basic research. It's at least as important as the hours per day spent on social media nothingness.
Is voting for voting's sake really what we're after here? What's the point of mindlessly coloring in a circle on a ballot if you really aren't engaged with the issues or understand the motivating philosophy of the candidates?
If only 15% of the demographic is really up on the issues, then that's the right turnout number. Perhaps the issue should be intellectual engagement, not 'rocking' an election with uninformed voters.
The point of an election is informed self-governance. Its not just another opportunity to post a selfie on your Facebook timeline.
Apathy will continue.
Looking forward to having Carrie and Jen in the KCMJ Community Radio studio at noon today to share more about this effort and the party. Join us at kcmj.org/listen
if U wanna have Doug Lamborn held accountable,
try to stop the parade of Democratic vanity candidates who pretend to run against him.
They suck the air out of the campaigns of conservative 3rd party candidates who could actually beat him.
Do these two additions expand views or give more of the same...their is no indication of what their perspective or underlying assumptions might be.
It is always an improvement to limit Routon.
I really do not believe Mayor Bach does NOT want any help from the citizens to make our city better! Seems it is his way or no way..also it does not seem like we have much of a democracy in our city today.. under Mayor Bach's rule! What is worse I voted for him!!! But of recent found out he was very deceptive with many people and that is sad! The Mayor has the gazette in his back pocket. I doubt the gazette will print anything that does not shed a good light on the mayor! For instance the Colorado Springs Fire Fighter Awards Ceremony was covered in the gazette for The Waldo Canyon Fire and many CSFD were honored..no mention of the other fire agency's that helped hugely in conjunction with CSFD like our EL Paso county Fire agency's that played a big role as well as Denver Fire Department, Falcon FD, others, Ft Carson FD, AMR Ambulance..the list is LONG to thank. I did not see any of those and many more agency's that volunteered resources to The Colorado Springs Fire Department ..so many agency's helped that fateful day and night..the gazette was silent..no mention..did Colorado Springs Fire Department thanks these departments including Denver Fire that really helped them hugely? So many agencies helped..without the help our city would have burned down. Yes Colorado springs fire department did a great j ob standing joband this was their awrds dinner ..but why did the gazette not mentione all the others in conjuction with this dinner?The issue is that the gazette did not mention any other agency including AMR Ambulance which along with others was running the city calls other emergency's as well as evacuating countless people in nursing homes ...private homes. Aside from the fire ..the gazette has printed if at all one word of the city wanting to take over ambulance transport that could cost jobs and has not printed one word. Before the gazette was just a rag without substance..now it is our Mayor Bach's paper. The gazette is burying stories out there to protect the Mayor. It it their own private party. The Independent is the only paper we have that informs us of what is going on. Our city is in for some big trouble with this mayor and now that the gazette prints the mayors agenda. The ONLY balance we have right now is The Independent! Of course the gazette did not mention the other agencies..Mayor Bach wants the colorado springs fire department to do transports so the gazette is the mayors puppet. I really thought Anschutz was better than this! Maybe the Mayor and Anschutz are social friends. I am disappointed about the gazette. I do know several age 70 plus in our city that long ago stopped getting the gazette and subscribe to Denver Post and the Wallstreet Journal. In recent conversations this group is beginning to turn to the Independent to try and find out what is going on. What the gazette provides now is so much worse that it has even been.
Indy says: "Our ultimate goal is not to point fingers or assign blame, but to ensure we all know what actually happened" ... as according to Pam Zubeck and the Indy. But, as is plain to see from reading the article, the goal IS to point fingers and assign blame.
Fortunately, the Indy has little influence in the greater COS community, as witness the few to none web comments on their articles, the Waldo fire article excepted. I read the Indy, as do other conservatives, and occasionally comment in order to counter the progressive, more-govt-is-better stance of the Indy.
Would it not be better for the Indy to accept the fact that Bach is mayor of COS and refrain from attempting to bring about his downfall by blaming him for the Mountain Shadows horror? Why not consider working with the mayor and help him achieve the goal we all want of making COS the best place to live in all of America?
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