Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The page one editorial

Please tell me how this is appropriate. Today, Denver voters go to the polls to decide on Initiated Ordinance 300, a measure that would require police to automatically impound vehicles being driven by people without a license. The measure would also, incidentally, impound any car being driven by an illegal alien. Some of the criticisms of this measure are that police can already impound vehicles if they feel it's necessary -- this would just mandate it and make life a lot harder on the poor schlub who goes out for bagels in the morning but leaves his wallet at home. (Not that I've done that.) Also, this can be seen as a backdoor way of cracking down on illegal aliens.

So, anyway, there's plenty for Denver voters to think about today when casting a vote on this measure.

This morning, the Denver Post chose to lead with the following headline, above the fold, in huge type:
Illegal Drivers' Havoc
The story goes on to claim that "more than 200,000 people might be driving illegally in Colorado, and such drivers were involved in crashes that caused nearly one-fourth of all state traffic deaths last year."

Now, I know the Post's editorial page has already come out against the initiative, but news and editorial staffs don't always see eye-to-eye, and today's front page sure seems like a way to move voters toward a yes vote.

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