Sep 10, 2009 6:20 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Springs newspapers stand united on ballot issues


Two Pikes Peak-area newspapers team up on the editorial pages to make a political statement.  Thursday, both the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Independent will publish tandem endorsements on their editorial page. 

The two papers typically stand on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but this time, they are teaming up to take a stand together on the upcoming ballot issues.

"The bottom line is that we both live here, this is our city, and we need to protect it," says John Weiss, publisher of the Independent.

The stance the papers are taking is encouraging citizens to vote for the Property Tax Measure and against Measure 300, which would get rid of enterprise payments to the city.  Both publishers say this is the first time something like this has been done in their organizations.

"It became quickly apparent in our conversations that we had mutual opinions about the dire straits the city is in.  We do think it is in horrendous shape in the near term and it is only going to get worse down the line," says Steven Pope, publisher of the Gazette.

Douglas Bruce is the author of Measure 300.

"The people this time are going to understand this time they want to vote in favor, for, yes, positive to support this petition.  That's the only way they're going to get rid of the stormwater tax,” says Bruce. “The publisher is entitled to do anything he wants.”

"We need to shout out how important it is that ‘a’, you vote, and ‘b’, very few things the Independent and Gazette agree on, this is one," says Weiss.

You can read the editorials Thursday both in print and on-line.


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