Letters to the Editor

Letter: Tunnel vision in Aspen

September 1, 2014 — 

Maybe I missed it, but I do not remember anyone in the Dancing Bear tunnel discussion at City Council asking how the person in the street is supposed to use it. The tunnel runs from “hotel” to “hotel,” so room service can be enhanced. How do the people in the street wearing ski boots and carrying skis get into it? Perhaps they go to the lobby of one of the hotels and register.

Some fog has descended on Aspen — the same one that produced the art museum and its tortoises now produces a tunnel between two hotels.

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Letter: A dangerous intersection

September 1, 2014 — 

Now that private enterprise has proved pedestrian tunnels might work on Durant, how about our city fathers consider a “yield to pedestrian” sign at the corner of Cooper and Monarch? Or maybe a real “stop” sign

The Limelight contributes a great deal to this community, and the thought that any of the many visiting children, skipping to and fro to Wagner Park, would be squashed in traffic truly is a horror waiting to happen.

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Letter: You can beat City Hall

September 1, 2014 — 

As organizers of the petition drive to force a vote on the now-rescinded lodging ordinance, we wanted to thank everyone who volunteered their time and energy to this effort as well as the community-at-large for its support.

Many of the people circulating petitions in town told us it was the first time they became directly involved in Aspen’s sometimes contentious political process. We thank them for their courage and the care they have for the community and its long-term prospects.

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Letter: Aspen’s sneaky council

September 1, 2014 — 

I was one of the people collecting signatures for the referendum petition to let the voters decide on Ordinance 19, the one I call the “block the view, subsidize the developers” ordinance.

After seeing how ready Aspenites were to sign, without any convincing or arm twisting at all, I realized how disconnected and arrogant Councilman Adam Frisch is concerning his Aspen constituents, whom he refers to as “the opposition.” I was all set to elaborate on how a 3-2 majority of the council conspired against the vast majority of the voters when I came across Roger Marolt’s column in Friday’s Aspen Times.

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Kudos and Kindness

August 31, 2014 — 

I love Aspen

Hello, my name is Aleeyah Slater. I am 7 years old. I have been visiting Aspen for the past five years. I live in New York City. It is very noisy here, and also everybody lives in small apartments. In Aspen, it is usually quiet. Sometimes I like some quiet, and sometimes I like noise.

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Letter: Pro Challenge, Aspen a perfect fit

August 30, 2014 — 

Dear Mayor Skadron and Aspen City Council members,

Ride on. That’s what I say about the USA Pro Challenge race. This is hard to say, but many residents, of what I believe is the greatest four-­season resort in the world, could learn a lot from places like little old Breckenridge.

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Letter: Snowmass can’t take leap of faith

August 30, 2014 — 

Think about it, how many times in a person’s lifetime do you get a second chance? The original Base Village planned-unit development seems to be horribly flawed, so why not take this opportunity to slow down and amend it?

Let’s try to get what’s good for our community and our guests, not for some hedge-fund investors. By taking another look at the planned-unit development, we will be able to analyze each project on its specific merits instead of accepting a overwhelming, undetermined project that may or may not take us on a construction journey for many years to come.

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Letter: A lackluster entrance to Aspen

August 30, 2014 — 

I’m well aware that our local residents do not like to be compared to Vail in any way, nor Basalt for that matter. But, the fact remains that the flowers in and around the entrance to Vail are vastly more attractive than the tall weeds that adorn the roundabout at the entrance to Aspen.

The white lights on the trees are beautiful, but they are in the winter. Spring time and summer could be, should be, at least as attractive as the daisies and other greenery that adorn our recycle “park.” The city spends countless dollars on all types of consultants, but hasn’t found a few dollars to make the entrance to Aspen beautiful and inviting. I have even heard that some folks don’t want to make the entrance attractive as that might increase the desirability of the town to the folks visiting Aspen. Also, perhaps that is the underlying reason why residents dodge the issue of the traffic snarl of the S-curves and doing something to fix that problem.

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Letter: Sickened by the health-care ads

August 30, 2014 — 

I have hit mute one too many times in order to block out the appalling mistruths of the latest Karl Rove Crossroads GPS ad about Obamacare. And I understand that those who want to make Obama a villain seize every opportunity to malign his programs. But really? I must speak out. What happened to vetting statements and being honest? The ad is twisted.

Last weekend I met a health-care executive who has been consulting with hospitals and medical professionals in Colorado for 30 years. He came up to our booth at the Saturday market and said: “I just want you all to know that those negative ads being blasted over Colorado airwaves are completely wrong. Obamacare is working, and those of us in the industry are pleased with the progress. There are, of course, things to be fixed, but nothing in that ad is true. Some people who can afford it may be paying a little bit more than they were paying, but there are also millions insured now who were not before.”

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Letter: No more tortoise talk

August 30, 2014 — 

Can y’all please squash the tortoise talk? Move on. I mean, you took out a full-page ad. That’s pricey. Spend that money on someone who is in need, such as the homeless or kids who are starving in Africa. As Ferris Bueller so eloquently put it: “The movie is over. It’s over! Go home. Go.”

Stanley Bell

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Letter: Revitalizing the Aspen paradise

August 29, 2014 — 

Revitalizing the Aspen paradise

The good news this summer in town is that the crane index hit four, and with the addition of our new tiptop art museum we could come closer to filling up the economic dead space during the off seasons. If the museum can secure world-class exhibits as well as cutting-edge tortoise art during our do-nothing downtime, fuller Gulfstreams will fill the second private jet port. Since jet people often travel with a wealthy posse, Aspen businesses, real estate and hotel bookings will improve. With this, the extra-tall lodges slated to rim the base of Aspen Mountain could see an uptick year-round. More affluence will flow into Aspen like life-giving water.

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Letter: A plea for help to install son’s plaque

August 29, 2014 — 

A plea for help to install son’s plaque

Remember Stirling! It’s been 15 years (Aug. 28) since my son died in an accident near Green River, Utah. He fell while trying to climb out of a canyon where he was river rafting — flash-flood conditions.

His family misses him greatly, of course, and tributes to him are still in the works. Recent actions include efforts to place a plaque on the “Stirling Cooper Open Space,” a 54-acre site on the back of Aspen Mountain that I sold to Pitkin County. Interest and help would be appreciated.

Also needed are suggestions in regard to where to place the plaque. It needs to be somewhere on the site, and a place which can be reached reasonably by the public. Unfortunately, Pitkin County officials and the county commissioners gave away the rights for the public to use the historic road which served the area. There is some talk of creating a new, long trail from the Little Annie Basin, but I can find no evidence of any “negotiations” for such access. Such a trail seems highly unlikely and basically impractical.

It’s been five years since Pitkin County bought my six patented claims which constitute this Stirling Cooper Open Space, and during that time I have been constructing makeshift, often very steep, trails. They start about a block up the Little Annie Road and go up to two areas — the Storm King cabin and the historic Quien Sabe (caved) mine. Only a few souls have been brave enough to hike the loop and branch trails, which total about 2.5 miles. This is truly “wilderness” territory, with great views of Mt. Hayden and of the Ashcroft valley from the end of the Quien Sabe trail branch (newly improved!).

Even my (temporary) trail work is apt to disappear, along with the public’s opportunities to hike the trails. There are political hurdles and problems with gaining new access from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Perhaps the errors of the county commissioners can be corrected. All of the needed efforts require the involvement of some young(er) persons. I am just about 83 years old, and each trip up my trails to repair and improve them (working at steep grades at high altitudes) is getting to be harder and harder.

Do I have any moral, political or physical support? Suggestions? Contact me at buzzval@yahoo.com. Or write to Box 201, Aspen 81612. In the summers I live in New Castle.

In any case, cheers and love to my son, Stirling! He would be 53 years old.

Buzz Cooper

New Castle

Letter: Skiers return to gridiron

August 29, 2014 — 

Skiers return to gridiron

Aspen High School varsity football returns to the home turf this Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. Come make some noise for your Aspen Skiers. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students, and $3 for senior citizens. Booster members are admitted free. Concessions will be open, so come enjoy some food. And halftime entertainment will come from the Aspen High School girls dance team.

So pack the parking lot and fill the bleachers. Aspen would love your support. Lauren Jackson

Aspen

Letter: Letter writer should check his facts

August 29, 2014 — 

Letter writer should check his facts

Allyn Harvey suggests that I had some personal stake in the new lodging ordinance (“Beware DeFrancia,” letters, Aug. 28, The Aspen Times).

That could not be further from the truth.

In fact, the proposal for the Boomerang with which I am involved is being processed under the existing ordinance dating back to 2005.

Moreover, the proposal being advanced under that ordinance calls for less density, height and mass than that which is already approved!

Allyn should secure the facts before offering biased criticism.

As to the now rescinded lodging ordinance, my issue was with process. Making laws by referendum is neither the most efficient nor productive process as opposed to allowing council and staff to formulate them. As stated in my opinion, if we don’t like what council does, then we vote them out.

Allyn needs to reflect on the substance on of my comments and not misinformation from a bias against development ... and it’s always good to have the facts.

James DeFrancia

Aspen

Letter: Forever an American

August 28, 2014 — 

Forever an American

Thoughts on Vietnam, 45 years and one month after coming home:

There was a time so many years ago, when we were brothers, young men who once gave all we had. I did not consciously pick these men; fate/God gave them to me. I knew these men in a way that I have known no other person, before or since. I have never given anyone since that time, such trust as I gave those men. We were willing to guard and protect something as precious and valuable to us as each other’s lives. It was part of the bond of brotherhood we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for each other !

I still feel that same way for my country!

Anh em để kết thúc, nhưng cuối cùng là không được nêu ra ở đây!

Semper Fidelis

Michael Galvis

Woody Creek

Letter: Calling out Related

August 28, 2014 — 

Calling out Related

Dear Snowmass Village Town Council,

Some years ago, Snowmass Village residents lost confidence in Related. We could no longer trust this company or its spokepersons. Non-performance and misrepresentations to the town of Snowmass Village were the issues. Lying is the most common cause of losing confidence in someone forever.

Strong, lasting, win-win relationships are built on trust. How might Related regain our confidence?

Related could commit to stop being duplicitous and be more transparent in its interactions with us.

Related could admit and own up to its failures and explain them to us in a way we could understand.

Related could decide to work with us in a way that all our interests were considered.

Related could decide to complete those Base Village projects they start.

The confidence-building could take years, be ultimately successful and the interactions with our town, though not perfect, could be more peaceful, forthright and ingenuous.

Nancy and Phil Shalen

Snowmass Village

Letter: Bike race was fantastic

August 28, 2014 — 

Bike race was fantastic

I am writing in Response to Robin DeYoung’s letterin the Times on Aug. 25, whining about our amazing two car-free days in Aspen.

First of all, I wish to address her claim about the town ignoring the needs of the music students who were “all trying to fly out of town on Aug. 18.” I know for a fact that most of the music students were quite aware of the so called “lock-down” issue and made arrangements to leave town either before or after the bike race.

Believe it or not, these amazingly talented kids are totally connected and quite aware of what is happening around them. By the way, most of the students I know drove out of town, as they cannot afford the flights out of Aspen. The school informed them of the bike race issue.

Secondly, the people “trying to fly out” had been sent emails by United informing them that they could change their flights at no cost to them due to the bike race, should they wish to do so. Also, the buses were going to and from the airport while the roads were closed. As to those driving over Independence Pass, there were numerous signs on the other side of the pass, as well as on the Glenwood side, informing people of the dates and times of the race. If drivers cannot read, then that is not the fault of the town or those coordinating the bike race.

As for the “workers” who were affected, I cannot imagine that any worker was uninformed of this event. If the owners of monster homes did not give their gardeners, housekeepers, cooks, etc. the day off for this event, then I am sorry to hear that. It should have been a town holiday, so the workers could have joined in the festivities for a change.

Never have I been so excited to see a car-free town, where for once we could ride bikes or walk without the fear of being run over by cars going through red lights and stop signs. I have lost count of the number of cars I have seen run the red lights on Main Street on a regular basis all summer long. It is disturbing. But Monday and Tuesday were so wonderfully car/emission free. We could only imagine how spectacular it must have been to live here in the years before cars took over the town.

So get over it Robin, the bike race should be enjoyed and seen for what it is, a great opportunity to get around our beautiful town either on foot or on a bike. I will certainly be letting our elected officials know how much I loved the bike race.

Catherine Cross

Aspen

Letter: Tortoise reform

August 28, 2014 — 

Tortoise reform

I’ve got it. We turn the old art museum into a tortoise sanctuary, rescue and rehab center. You’re welcome in advance.

Steven R. Williams

Aspen

Letter: To shell with them

August 28, 2014 — 

To shell with them

Oh, those poor little God’s creatures! Please, they never had it so good. Made to wear an iPod thingy? They get free rent in downtown Aspen. Obamacare is paid for. Catered meals, and servants to look after them.

They could be living in a land-mine field in Angola. Or, simmering in a pot of curry.

I prefer to care and worry about maybe a little girl with cancer who won’t ever see her high school prom. Or, a Marine that lost his legs.

Anyways, I prefer Komodo dragon in my curry.

David Olexsak

Aspen and Santa Fe, New Mexico

Letter: Beware DeFrancia

August 28, 2014 — 

Beware DeFrancia

I urge caution when reading developer Jim DeFrancia’s criticism of The Aspen Times’ call for a vote on the lodging ordinance.

DeFrancia has a personal stake in the lodging ordinance, given that he is proposing to redevelop the long abandoned Boomerang Lodge at Fourth Street and Hopkins Avenue. He recently lamented in the papers over recommendations of denial by both planning staff and the P&Z with his proposal to build a massive free-market condominium and lodging complex at the Boomerang. He has a vested interest in a lodging ordinance that grants developers exemptions from affordable-housing regulations and significant discounts from the fees that every other person applying for a building permit must pay.

Even more pernicious is a section of the new lodging regulations that codifies the right of lodge owners to convert their units into free-market condominiums as soon as 10 years after completion. That’s quite a deal for developers and lodge owners — they save millions because they do not have to pay full development fees or build a reasonable amount of affordable housing. And after 10 years can cash in by converting hotel rooms into privately owned condominiums.

In fact, the lodging ordinance should be decided by the voters. It is a significant departure from the land-use policies that were enacted in the early 1970s and remained fully intact until the mid-2000s. During that period, land-use policies honored the historic scale of Aspen’s neighborhoods and maintained a strong relationship with the environment. Building sizes were kept reasonable, open space was required to make streets more pedestrian-friendly, and people’s views to the mountains were protected.

All of that began to unravel when the City Council adopted infill policies in the first half of the 2000s. The results can be seen with oversized buildings like the art museum and the massive mixed-use structure being built by Nikos and Andy Hecht behind Boogie’s. The last City Council, under Mayor Mick Ireland, scrapped some provisions of the infill regulations but unfortunately could not stop some of the worst outcomes.

Now, three members of City Council have radically loosened regulations for lodging industry. The very fact that two of five council members voted against the change should be a signal that these regulations are not ready for prime time.

Allyn Harvey

Carbondale

Letter: Climate change and the Senate race

August 27, 2014 — 

Thank you for your election coverage of the important race between Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner and especially for asking about climate change.

I appreciate that Gardner is concerned about economic impacts on people with low or fixed incomes. As a public school teacher, I share his commitment to the prosperity and health of the working class and people in poverty. Thus, I am sure Gardner would be happy to know there is an economic policy that can simultaneously protect our atmosphere and stimulate our economy. In fact, this policy will increase real income for the two-thirds of Americans who need it most. It’s called carbon fee and dividend, and it is a fair, revenue-neutral way to address emissions by taxing fossil fuels when they come out of the ground and giving all the money back to Americans.

People in the middle and bottom income brackets will actually be better off because their monthly dividend will be greater than the increase to their cost of living that results from pricing carbon. And if they make choices to be energy-efficient, even more of the money is theirs to spend or save. Gardner’s staff has already heard about this policy option when Citizens Climate Lobby volunteers visited Washington, D.C., in June. I hope that in future interviews and events, he will use this information to support a win-win-win solution for Americans, the economy and our environment.

As a climate voter, I will give my vote to whichever candidate can deliver on carbon fee and dividend in 2015.

Amelia Potvin

Carbondale

Letter: Chumlee for prez

August 27, 2014 — 

Chumlee would make a better president. He’s smarter, and he doesn’t golf.

David Olexsak

Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Aspen

Letter: Add tortoises to Aspen’s animal-abuse list

August 27, 2014 — 

Dear Aspen,

Might I remind you that you have a long and steeped history of including animals in everything from work and entertainment to fundraising, art and sport? Stop the delusional banter that this particular animal engagement is out of touch with the town’s view of animals.

Examples:

• Horse-drawn-carriage rides on asphalt.

• Doggie fashion shows for charity (including painted nails and canine clothes).

• Snow polo.

• Dog sledding.

• Forty-one years of rodeo love, including:

— Mutton busting (indoctrinating kids as to how to master an animal).

— Branding.

— Bucking.

— Roping calves to the ground.

• Catch-and-release fishing.

• Alpacas for “petting” at the farmers market.

I implore you to check the hypocrisy at the door.

Marian Peters

Snowmass Village

Letter: The time is now for Snowmass

August 27, 2014 — 

Dear Mayor Bill Boineau,

As an owner of a unit at the Viceroy Snowmass, and as a longtime visitor to Snowmass for annual summer and winter vacations, I’m writing to share my perspective on the current and future development in Base Village.

I have been following the events as best as possible, and my understanding is that Snowmass Acquisition Co. (Related Colorado) and the Snowmass Village Town Council met last week to discuss the future of Base Village and the upcoming expiration of the current vested rights held by Related. The amendment for the application is due Oct. 15.

I understand that Aspen Skiing Co., which withdrew its application to build a Limelight hotel, has re-signed an agreement with Related to construct the lodge and the Fanny Hill townhomes, which also were a part of the previous application. I believe it is critical that Related, the town and Skico all work together to resolve and move forward on the existing Base Village development. I was surprised that the application and discussion seemed to meet opposition from the town.

Again, I think it is critical to work together to get this piece in the heart of Snowmass Village moving forward again. A Limelight would bring additional people and business to the town. While it may compete with the occupancy of my own unit, I welcome the competition and an influx of new visitors to Snowmass Village. It makes us all stronger in the long run. I would like to see Related complete the Viceroy Hotel’s second building and also complete the existing buildings that are half-finished. The impression of the half-finished development is a very damaging appearance for Snowmass Village. I see this personally as a visitor each time I arrive; I hear it from other visitors wondering why the construction continues to be incomplete. The appearance is not appealing, and the long delay gives a sense of local problems.

I strongly believe a comprehensive and well-planned resolution would create a very positive energy and be good for all involved in Snowmass Village.

Sally Kauffman

Orlando, Florida

Letter: Tall tales

August 27, 2014 — 

Locals shouldn’t worry about the new 60-foot-tall buildings. They would only be the same height as the new museum with a 13-foot turtle on the roof.

Carl Heck

Aspen

Letter: Aspen squared

August 26, 2014 — 

Never before have I read so much negative press on a building designed by a “world-class foreign architect.” I agree with all of the negative commentary! It is an ugly, offensive, obnoxious, square building that does not fit into our quaint mountain town.

The other day I drove by the beautiful Basalt Library, designed by Michael Hassig, of A4 Architects, based in Carbondale. The building is very attractive and artistic and fits perfectly into the landscape. Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and her board needed the prestige of having an acclaimed international architect design their museum, and look what he came up with — a square, rusted-steel-looking birdcage! How hard is it to design a square building? Hassig, I am sure, would have created a design far more sensitive to preserving the historical feeling of Aspen.

My girlfriend wanted to go to the museum’s rooftop cafe Sunday morning after a class we took together because she wanted to take in the view of Aspen Mountain from that vantage point. After sitting at the table with the best view of the mountain, I immediately heard the video re-enacting the Black Dynamite blasts that happened on the day of the museum opening. Does the management really think that it is enjoyable to listen to machine-gun sounds and bomb blasts while trying to have a pleasant conversation with a friend? I was appalled by this affront of my senses once again. It was bad enough hearing it at the base of the mountain the day the dynamite was blasted the first time, but to have to listen to it over and over again while eating was more than I could endure. Wouldn’t elegant classical music or soft jazz create a more comfortable, appealing atmosphere?

My final suggestion is that Heidi and all the powers that be wear iPads on their heads and see how they like it! Where is their sensitivity and compassion? It is pretty sad what has happened here in Aspen. Thanks, Mick, and all who are responsible for this abomination!

Cheryl McArthur

Aspen

Letter: False assumptions in Times editorial

August 26, 2014 — 

The editor ascribes recent Aspen City Council actions to the choice of Dwayne Romero to fill a seat vacated by the last election (“Let voters decide on lodging ordinance,” Commentary, Aug. 22, The Aspen Times).

In the first instance, this is an arrogant assumption about why our elected officials vote as they do. (Arrogance seems an all-too-common trait of the Fourth Estate.) There is no basis for thinking that another individual would not have voted the same way, given the same facts and studied assessment of the issue at hand. Indeed, two other councilmen did just that!

Secondly, the editor simplistically breaks the current ordinance issue down to allowing projects to propose a fourth story, in selected locations (not approve four stories, mind you, but propose them, subject to council approval), followed by an assertion that we will then get less affordable housing in exchange for larger hotels. False choices!

Affordable housing is presently abundant, and half the community lives in such housing. Moreover, there is need to re-evaluate that program from many perspectives — it is certainly needed, but times and needs have changed, and we are long overdue for a true, thorough review of a program that is essential to the community. There is no evidence that we will get less than what we need.

Hotels are also needed — new ones — if we are to maintain a competitive edge to employ the very people who live in the affordable housing. And that is substantiated by a wide variety of studies and reflected in public policy documents adopted by the city.

Our council made a studied and informed choice based on facts and public policy.

All of our elected officials are responsible and studied, informed and hardworking. More so, it would appear, than the editorial press, which reacts on superficial knowledge and assumption.

James DeFrancia

Aspen

Letter: Poor planning on bike race

August 26, 2014 — 

I wish to second Robin DeYoung’s statement about the impact of the bike race on the Aspen Music Festival (“Bike race was major hassle for locals as well as guests,” Letters, Aug. 25, The Aspen Times). For the second year in a row, the race was scheduled to begin the day after the music festival ended, requiring hundreds of departing music students, faculty and visiting artists, some with luggage that included unwieldy but fragile instruments, to navigate militarized detours, blocked access to the airport and flight-canceling surprises.

My own role both years has been to help a musician whose home and orchestral job are across the pond. On Aug. 18, we stored his Aspen possessions downvalley, and on Aug. 19 he boarded a flight. Timing it as best we could, this year we returned from Silt to find traffic to Aspen backed up nearly an hour from the airport and, the greater surprise, still more jammed and serpentine across Aspen itself. On the following day, leaving the car by my friend’s temporary apartment, we walked downtown to a deliberately late breakfast and found an even greater surprise: Coming toward us by City Market was an unobstructed view of the sacred peloton itself. The charging cyclists were past us within roughly a half-minute, followed by a parade of vehicles with overturned bikes on top.

Over breakfast we discussed it. Had either of us been thrilled? Well, no, it was just a group of guys on bikes. More interesting were the support vehicles with the inverted wheels. The bicycle is considered an environmental alternative to the car, and Aspen’s bike-share program is to be lauded. But the bike race is accompanied by a peloton of gas guzzlers and attracts multiple carfuls that drive the distance to watch; it is no more earth-friendly than any other public show.

It is said that the bike race helps Aspen economically. Some businesses actually lose money because access is blocked to their doors, but others no doubt gain. More to the point, the bike race, a recent phenomenon, brings visitors to Aspen for two days, while the Aspen Music Festival, a 65-year-old tradition, attracts visitors for eight weeks. To schedule an exit-blocking event on the very day a complicated summer-long program must disperse is, in a word, blind.

There have been several dismissals of bike-race critics, summed up by one who says they should just “shut up and enjoy.” So speaks the blinkered fan. There is a greater world out there, and this is a plea for planners to change the date of the race’s Aspen start so that departing musicians and arriving cyclists no longer collide.

Bruce Berger

Aspen

Letter: There are other noble causes

August 26, 2014 — 

May I suggest something to Lisbeth Oden and all you other save-the-tortoises people? How about you devote just as much time and money to working in a soup kitchen or helping a child in need as you are to your campaign?

Tom O’Keefe

El Jebel

Letter: Sorbetto and sorbet: A dangerous difference

August 26, 2014 — 

I feel the obligation to write this letter to possibly prevent someone from getting very sick.

If you look in the dictionary under “sorbetto or sorbet,” you will see that it says it’s made of frozen fruit juice or flavored water and sugar. I took my lactose-intolerant sister-in-law to Paradise Bakery to try its sorbetto. After tasting it, she declared it delicious but said it was too creamy to be sorbetto. She then asked someone behind the counter if the sorbetto contained dairy and was told that only one of the sorbetto flavors out of three or four was dairy free. We suggested to the manager that she speak to the owners about posting a sign telling patrons which one was dairy-free. We stopped in a few weeks later and no sign. We were told that a sign would not be posted since they haven’t had a problem yet, so it wasn’t necessary.

Paradise Bakery may have made someone sick and not known it. Many parents, expecting sorbetto to be dairy-free, may not be asking the question and may not make the connection between what they thought was a dairy-free treat and their sick kid. Put up a sign, and eliminate that possibility.

Rose Weissman

Aspen

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