Dear Readers,The fun starts next week.On Tuesday, April 16, the Post Independent will publish the infamous Locals’ Choice ballot. You find it splashed across the center page of the paper, the one newspaper insiders call the “double truck.”We’ll publish the ballot again on April 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23.This year, Locals’ Choice gives you 145 categories to vote in. Think of the best smile, the best burger, the best body shop, the best hiking trail and 141 other “bests,” and a few tongue-in-cheek “worsts,” and you can start voting.In past years, the Locals Choice contest has been plagued by the very undemocratic practice of ballot stuffing. As a result, we have laid down two ground rules:-Ballots must be pulled from the paper. Copies won’t be accepted.-Ballots must be signed with your name, address and telephone number. We’ll be checking for duplications and phony names. Please be honest.Ballots can be mailed or delivered to the Post Independent, and are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.The contest is a lot of fun, and we urge you to be creative with your votes. If you feel passionately about a few categories, then tell us what makes your nominee the best.We’ll be tallying the votes and producing a special edition during May.Locals’ Choice results will be announced during a late afternoon bash on Thursday, May 23, in the Post Independent apple orchard, and the special edition will be inserted in your May 24 newspaper. Everyone is invited.-We have two new staff members here at the paper.Let me introduce Sonia Whitfield, our new advertising sales representative for downtown and west Glenwood Springs.Sonia comes to us from Coronado, Calif., where she worked as the publisher and advertising director for the Eagle Newspapers family. Sonia has a lot of good ideas for businesses to get the word out to customers about products and services.Our other new hire is Susan Nichols, another California import. She is handling display advertising for the Bargain Hunter, the classified insert included in your Friday paper. She most recently managed sales of computer books in 26 states. Susan understands how to grow business through advertising.-Finally, let me make a brief disclosure for those of you who don’t know me personally.This week, you have been entertained by the back-and-forth opinions on our letters page on the topic of a Harley Davidson rally coming to Glenwood Springs.The writer of the original letter complaining about noise from unmuffled motorcycles is my husband, Steve Smith. We printed his letters and all the responses that met our letters policy.Most of Steve’s critics stuck to the issue, but a few used our commentary page to make stinging personal remarks. It’s been hard to publish those remarks aimed at someone I love, but we are doing it anyway.Mainly I wanted to set the record straight for Rusty Hicks, who offered to kiss Steve’s girlfriend and take her for a ride. That’s me you’ll be dealing with, Rusty.
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