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Sturm: Reflections of an Anti-Trump GOP Delegate

November 6, 2016 — It’s been a rough past few months, and I’m not just referring to the alarming presidential contest between the two most egomaniacal, morally compromised and disliked candidates in electoral history. Perhaps it’s divine intervention that I’ve been intermittently away from my column to care for, […]

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Gallagher: Basalt’s library a nonprofit in its own right

November 5, 2016 — Editor’s note: The following column will appear in Sunday’s print edition of The Aspen Times. “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” — Albert Camus So here we are. We have almost made it through another crazy, confusing and cantankerous […]

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Writer: Thinks locals first for housing

November 4, 2016 — Editor’s note: The following commentary will appear in the print edition of the upcoming Saturday edition of The Aspen Times. I am Scott Writer and I am running for Pitkin County commissioner because of my love for this community and my deep concern for our […]

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Guest commentary: Basalt’s tax and deficit denial

November 2, 2016 — “I recently participated in a three-hour budget meeting where we tried to cut costs by over a million dollars to keep the town out of deficit spending. I can tell you that Basalt isn’t running fat. We had the unpleasant task of mulling whether we […]

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A golden opportunity for Basalt

November 2, 2016 — I would like to clarify some misinformation regarding ballot question 2F in the Basalt election regarding the purchase of the Pan and Fork property by the town for a mix of park and other uses. The purchase of these 1.3 acres is specifically for a […]

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A very bad election in a really good village

November 2, 2016 — It would be really hard to actually rig an election in this country. We have too many opportunities to speak our minds for anything like that to happen. If someone is going to the polls and stuffing the box with ballots using phony drivers’ licenses […]

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Colson: Is James Comey a Trump mole?

October 31, 2016 — Tired as I am of politics, I was thinking about writing about something closer to home this week, perhaps the news that Aspen and the upper-valley governments are once again looking seriously at the idea of bringing passenger-rail service back to the valley, or musing […]

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Andersen: Yes: Open Space, Basalt Park

October 30, 2016 — When authorities shut down Central Park this summer because of the crush of unprecedented crowds seeking sanctuary from city stress, it said volumes about the importance of planning enough open space and parks. The Roaring Fork Valley is not New York City. But unprecedented growth […]

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Beaton: My spiritual journey with Donald Trump

October 29, 2016 — “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer Donald Trump is not my spiritual adviser, but I find myself on an enlightening journey with the man. From the beginning, Trump hasn’t exactly acted like a statesman. In fact, he makes Ferris […]

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Lum: Amendment 69 not ready for prime time

October 26, 2016 — Last week I wrote how I was going to vote on all the state questions except for the Colorado Health Care Amendment 69, which I couldn’t make head or tail of. Going on the theory that if the insurance companies are against it, it might […]

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Andersen: Basalt’s library deserves your vote

October 23, 2016 — Let’s start with the following disclaimer: I have a vested interest in Basalt Regional Library. It is a place where I occasionally work as a discussion leader, where I browse for books and movies, where I meet friends and associates, where I feel proud to […]

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Littwin: Does Donald Trump have a plan to defeat democracy?

October 23, 2016 — I know that it’s way, way, way too late to try to do any serious deconstruction of a Donald Trump performance, but, like Trump on a debate stage, I can’t help myself. Somehow, even though I know better, I hold to the notion that a […]

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Guest commentary: Pan and Fork questions deserve support, not rage

October 20, 2016 — The misinformation regarding the Pan and Fork property reminds me of road rage. A handful of our residents are behaving very badly. I have an inside view of the Pan and Fork situation, as both a member of a 2007 Basalt committee to plan for […]

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Pitkin County Clerk: The time to vote is now

October 19, 2016 — To vote you must first be registered. An eligible elector must be a resident of Colorado for 22 days or more, a U.S. Citizen and 18 years old to vote by Nov. 8. All active registered voters in Pitkin County were sent a mail ballot […]

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Lum: Struggling through the state questions

October 19, 2016 — There are only nine state questions on the Nov. 8 ballot, and the little blue book, which explains them, is now the size of a New Yorker magazine. I am only going to deal with eight of them here because I’m still a mile away […]

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Carroll: Gail Schwartz’s past helps pave our future

October 18, 2016 — Ask most career politicians what prompted them into a life of public service and they’ll likely answer as, well, a politician: It’s an honor, not a choice, to represent the people, defend our freedoms, and bring an outsider’s perspective to Washington. (Then there’s Donald Trump, […]

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Colson: Donald Trump casts our democracy into doubt

October 18, 2016 — So now it has arrived, the point at which the Republican presidential nominee is spending most of his time telling the world that, if he loses, it can only be because the election was rigged. In fact, Donald Trump is not simply saying the rigging […]

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Guest commentary: Vote yes on Prop 106, give Coloradans choice at the end of life

October 14, 2016 — I am a Colorado native who was diagnosed with brain cancer in the spring of 2015 at the age of 35. In November, I and other Colorado voters will have the opportunity to vote for Proposition 106, which would legalize the practice of medical aid […]

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Princess: The rock bottom of presidential politics

October 13, 2016 — I know this is going to sound weird, but I never really cared about being an American. If I had a choice, I would have liked to be from somewhere in Europe, like France or Italy or Spain, where they have a better handle on […]

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Guest commentary: Pitkin County Open Space and Trails needs your ballot support

October 12, 2016 — This November, Pitkin County will have Referendum 1A on the ballot. This is to reauthorize the very popular, successful and unique Open Space and Trails Fund. This reauthorization will: 1. Maintain the current mill levy; no tax increase. 2. Extend the authorization for 20 years […]

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