Dear Readers,It’s that time of year again – Locals’ Choice. For the fifth year in a row, the Post Independent will give readers a chance to vote on their favorite diversions, people, businesses, food and drink.Ballots will appear in the Post Independent every day from this Sunday, April 6, through Friday, April 11. We’ll have 95 categories, and you can vote in one category, or all 95, or just for your favorites.Here are the rules: one ballot per person (we’ll ask for your name, address and phone number to rule out duplicate voting), no photocopies, and all ballots are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11. We’ll start counting sooner, so feel free to turn your ballot in as soon as next Monday.Ballot drop-off locations are printed on the ballot.And mark your calendar for our Locals’ Choice party: Thursday, June 5.-Do you pick up the Post Independent in town during the week, and then miss our Sunday edition?If you don’t get the PI at home, would you like to give us a try?If you are missing the Sunday paper, you are missing a lot. Our Sports department reports on Friday and Saturday action in local games, our photographers showcase their work in the full-page Panorama, the Commentary page includes columns by Washington Post writer George Will and local scribes Ed Colby and Bill Kight, and the paper includes a four-page pullout of color comics, crossword, Dear Prudence and People in the News.Sunday home delivery customers also get Parade magazine, a valuable addition to the package with feature stories, columns, comics and more news about people.Starting this week, the Post Independent will offer a Sunday-only subscription for home delivery. This is a way to make sure you can read all six editions of the paper each week.The price will be $15 for six months of Sunday home delivery, or $25 for a full year of Sunday home delivery.Of course, we will continue to offer six-day-a-week home delivery of the Post Independent, the best way to make sure you don’t miss a single issue.To start your subscription, for Sundays or for six days a week, call Dant Chesnut in our circulation department, at 945-8515, ext. 128.In Wednesday’s paper, we debuted our new feature, Spotlight on the Troops, with photos and listings for Army Sgt. Christopher Spoon of Rifle and Marines Lance Corporal Brian Chee of Glenwood Springs.Spoon is stationed in South Korea, but expects to come back to Colorado soon and then be sent to the Middle East. Chee is already serving in Iraq.Their parents sent us a photo and a description of what they are doing and how they feel about service to our country.Regardless of how each of us feel about the war in Iraq, we all want to make sure that our troops know they have our support, and that their safety is in our hearts, minds and prayers.We feel that letting our readers know more about our troops will keep them more in our minds each day.If you have a loved one serving overseas in the armed forces, please share that with your fellow readers by contributing to Spotlight on the Troops.We have a short form for you to fill out, which we can send to you by e-mail, fax or mail. Complete the form and send us a photo (either as a jpg attachment to an e-mail, or as a print sent by mail or delivered to our office) and we will publish your loved one’s information.To request a form, call our newsroom at 945-8515, ext. 537, send a request by e-mail to news@postindependent. com, or drop by our office at 2014 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs to pick one up.You are also welcome to use Spotlight on the Troops again when your loved one in the service has a change in assignment or duty.- Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Post Independent.
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