Thanks for the all the helpful feedback |

Thanks for the all the helpful feedback

Last week I asked you for your thoughts and feedback about our newspapers. I was blown away by all of the responses. I appreciate all the thoughtful ideas and suggestions. You provided at least two good story assignments that will appear in our papers shortly.

Perception is reality, and the feedback you provided pictured us as everything from a socialist, left-wing rag to an ultraconservative, shameful right-wing piece of crap. It was also good to see that many of you enjoy much of our work. And I’m sorry but we can’t offer home delivery of the Post Independent any longer.

A large number of you said you would prefer to see a better balance of local “people” features along with the hard news. There are those that said you rely heavily on us to keep you up to date on local government happenings.

Editor Drew Munro and our team will digest your information and tweak our story mix based on your feedback. I don’t think there is anything we can do to change the fact that people view us so politically different. Our goal is not to be political in our news pages whatsoever. Our opinions, along with yours, will be proudly printed or posted on our opinion pages only.

Most importantly, we want to make it clear that we are very interested in your opinion and count on you to provide us with great local story ideas. Sometime we will agree to disagree. Like our country we live in a polarized area. Unlike our Congress we communicate civilly with each other … most of the time.

Breaking my rule of labeling it would appear that the Post Independent has the task of serving distinct political groups of people. Here’s my perception after talking to people from around the area. Carbondale is made up of a large group of proudly liberal and caring citizens. Glenwood Springs seems to be more of an eclectic mix of caring citizens. And as you head towards Rifle there seems be a large group of proudly conservative and caring citizens.

How does one publish a newspaper to serve this diverse group? I know there are days we’ve helped to increase the blood pressure of a few readers. No matter the politics, the people that live in Garfield County are caring. Caring citizens are the threads that tie us all together. Our plan is to tell more stories about great people doing great work to improve the quality of life in this wonderful place we call home.

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