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Like all real newspapers, the Independent has a clear line between our news gathering and the business side of our publication (and Internet site).

Our executive editor reports to the readers. His sole goal is to provide timely, informative and lively information so readers can make informed civic and cultural decisions. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines including avoidance of civic or financial entanglements with sources ensure the integrity of our reporters and editors.

Our publisher that's me oversees ad sales, printing, distribution, accounting, insurance and our community outreach.

It gets a little tricky when our civic activities become the focus of our feature story.

This issue in our hands (or on your screen) is a bifurcated endeavor regarding Fort Carson. Our editorial team has handled the interview with Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and related news stories (pp. 15-21). Our publishing side not only has organized the Fort Carson Town Hall on Feb. 6, but also all the information in our special Fort Carson Town Hall supplement section (find it in the Digital Edition on our home page), including pieces highlighting local nonprofits reaching out to soldiers and their families.

In the interest of full disclosure, please understand I am not an unbiased reporter, but the instigator of the Town Hall and a huge supporter of these nonprofits' good work.

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