Hooray, sloppy journalism just got sloppier.
Love this man and I love his work. Congrats! Well done!
To a great full spectrum local newspaper I've seen, through much of Matt's past work, his eye for capturing a scene with a camera, his excellent story recognition and article writing ability and the editors brilliance to bring it all together to insure, I feel, the continued growth of our community's own Independent information hub. Congratulations to all involved.
Congratulations to the CS Indy and Matthew. You're both great for the Springs. Keep up the great work.
Hurray for Matthew and Colorado Springs😁
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.
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