Ralph Routon 
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Ralph Routon

Ralph Routon has spent most of his journalism career in Colorado Springs, but since becoming the Independent's executive editor in 2007, he's much more comfortable admitting he and Bill Clinton (and, of course, Mike Huckabee) are from a place called Hope, Ark. Ralph spent 2001-06 on a mid-life odyssey to Texas... more

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Recent Posts

  • Council says no to parks ballot issue

    • Jan 10, 2017
  • Shockley-Zalabak retiring from UCCS effective Feb. 15

    • Dec 17, 2016
  • GOP surge reflects in local returns

    Lee, Exum win state House races but local Republicans follow national wave otherwise.
    • Nov 8, 2016
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    Recent Articles

  • After Larry Nassar scandal, USOC needs new approach

    Between the Lines
    • Mar 28, 2018
  • Questions remain about the dismissal of Manitou’s city administrator

    Between the Lines
    • Feb 7, 2018
  • Stepping aside: Routon moves to retirement role

    Between the Lines
    • Oct 4, 2017
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    Recent Comments

    Re: “Tips for that NCAA bracket

    Colorado and Colorado State have earned No. 11 seeds in different regions. For details and bracket analysis, check the IndyBlog before making your picks for the NCAA Tournament.

    Posted by Ralph Routon on 03/11/2012 at 5:40 PM

    Re: “Anarchy in the GOP

    Indy reporter Chet Hardin, who wrote this story, is in Denver today but sends this response to the last comment:

    @ Dick Clark

    The Tea Party Movement that I referenced in the article swept the country in 2009, after Graham Makohoniuk made his famous call for people to send tea bags to Congress.

    You are correct, however, that Ron Paul and his supporters began the idea of tea party rallies in 2007. We could have explained that more in detail, sure, but it seems appropriate to view it as a separate phenomenon.

    Chet Hardin

    via Ralph Routon
    Executive Editor
    Colorado Springs Independent

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    Posted by Ralph Routon on 06/23/2011 at 3:03 PM

    Re: “Anarchy in the GOP

    To Sean Paige:

    Yes, we were mistaken to include you among a list of Republicans and to imply that you were part of the local GOP establishment. We are removing your name from the story online, and we will print a correction in next week's Independent.

    We apologize for the error.

    Ralph Routon
    Executive Editor
    Colorado Springs Independent

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    Posted by Ralph Routon on 06/23/2011 at 9:54 AM

    Re: “City PR head asked to resign

    You're right. Unfortunate error on our part, and it has been corrected.

    Thanks for bringing it to our attention,

    Ralph Routon

    Posted by Ralph Routon on 06/08/2011 at 1:11 PM

    Re: “Bach to business

    As most regular Independent readers will recall, publisher John Weiss long ago (on Dec. 23, to be exact) publicly separated himself from any involvement with our editorial product, in order to help Richard Skorman with his mayoral campaign. Obviously that includes financial support, as Louise notes in her earlier comment. I'm attaching a link to the Publisher's Note from Weiss that ran Dec. 23, but with an addendum to confirm that he has NOT had any involvement whatsoever in our endorsements and news-related coverage over the past four months. Hope this clarifies any misperception.


    Posted by Ralph Routon on 04/26/2011 at 8:29 AM

    Re: “Flying solo

    I should have included the term "ad hominem" personal attacks, meaning:

    1. appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason.
    2. attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument.

    When people are identifiable as public figures, there will usually be more leeway in criticism allowed. Yet we wouldn't allow anyone to label any City Council candidate a "consummate liar," as a recent commenter repeatedly tried to do.

    Grant McKenzie is not a public figure, just the subject of this story. Admittedly, it's not always a clearly defined line. Our role is more of a referee in these forums. We have allowed comments that have judged him negatively. We have removed a few that went over the line and placed incorrect labels on him. As mentioned before, we do not edit or revise anyone's comments. They either run as submitted or they are removed.

    Ralph Routon
    Executive Editor
    Colorado Springs Independent

    Posted by Ralph Routon on 03/28/2011 at 6:03 AM

    Re: “Flying solo

    For the record, we do not edit anyone's posts. We reserve the right to pull a post off our site if it violates our rules, which are typical of other media's websites. If a comment includes a personal attack, not based on fact, we will remove it.

    But once again, to be clear, we NEVER edit, revise, condense or change anyone's comments.

    Ralph Routon
    Executive Editor
    Colorado Springs Independent

    Posted by Ralph Routon on 03/27/2011 at 8:34 PM

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