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A letter to our readers:

You are the best!

More than 600 of you sent back readers' polls this year, indicating your choices of the best local personalities, businesses, places, events and products in the city. We thank you for your participation, and encourage anyone who has a favorite that is not recognized in our survey results to write and let us know.

Just as Colorado Springs has grown over the past few years, so has our newspaper, our readers' poll and our Best Of edition. To those of you who faithfully read the Independent and to those of you who spend your advertising dollars with us, we offer heartfelt thanks. Thanks to you, we're going strong and the future looks bright.

This year, the Best Of is divided into Readers' Poll results and Editor's Choices, determined by the Independent writers. We met as a group and tried to identify choices that we felt might be overlooked, and in some cases, favorites so passionately felt we couldn't resist including them.

Following each editoral choice is a set of initials, referring to the writer of that entry. This year's writers were: Suzanne Becker (SB); Tess Powers (TP); Owen Perkins (OP); Cara DeGette (CD); Malcolm Howard (MH); Nancy Harley (NH); MB Partlow (MBP); John Hazlehurst (JH); Kathryn Eastburn (KCE); Kristen Sherwood (KS); Carrie Simison (CS); Scott Larrick (SL); and Karen Conway (KC). Illustrations are courtesy of our Art Director, Kathy Conarro.

We hope you enjoy reading the Best Of as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Again, thanks for your readership and for all your support.

Sincerely,

Tess Powers, Coordinator of Readers' Poll
Suzanne Becker, Coordinator of Editor's Choices
Kathryn Eastburn, Editor

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