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Letters to the Editor

Basalt Town Council shuns its constituency

September 21, 2017 — The town of Basalt has apparently appointed a committee to look into using debt to purchase the portion of the Pan and Fork property not already owned by the town. Three of the four members of this committee are council members who have a clear […]

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Aspen City Council has bigger fish to fry

September 21, 2017 — The Sept. 21 Aspen Times ran a story on possible changes to the city's ethics code. Concern about the ethics code is sour grapes from small minds about former city employees and City Council members who freed themselves from the drudgery of serving a feckless […]

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Border protection without a wall

September 20, 2017 — Border protection without a wall Trump says he wants the government shut down if Congress won't pay for his "wall." How stupid. If there is a shutdown, there won't be money for anything, much less a wall. While his son-in-law is in Israel he should […]

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Tempting fate with bears

September 20, 2017 — Tempting fate with bears I recently watched some people trying to scare a bear from trying to get into a bear-resistant garbage can during and early evening in Redstone. Try to scare a bear away from a potential food source is unwise. Try taking a […]

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Flexing America’s muscles

September 20, 2017 — Flexing America's muscles According to Fox News and other "fake news" sites, President Trump thinks it might be a good idea to parade our military strength next Fourth of July. I'm all for it. Apparently he was inspired by the French, a has-been international power […]

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Bear unaware

September 20, 2017 — It has been several years since we contacted the newspaper regarding bears. After reading Dr. Jo Jones letter September 16 in the Aspen Daily News, we thought that the outrage of Roaring Fork neighbors would get on the bandwagon and result in many letters to […]

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First Lance Armstrong, then O.J. Simpson?

September 19, 2017 — Last Sunday the second annual Aspen FIFTY mountain bike race was held in Aspen. I get it: Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association needs fundraisers, riders want a 50-mile race, and some people lose their minds over celebrity. Should the community and the association support an […]

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Signs from above?

September 18, 2017 — Tracking tropical storms and hurricanes on https://earth.nullschool.net/ is fascinating. Right now there are four hurricanes, two on either side of the continent with another forming in the east, but other than those threatening us there are none in the world. Is God talking to Drumpf? […]

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I will defend my property

September 18, 2017 — The following letter was sent to Mike Kosdrosky, executive director of Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority. I found your statements to local media hilarious on many levels. 1. Artists can't be full-time employees? Especially when they bring their art records in for their Aspen-Pitkin County Housing […]

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Break the chain of Aspen business closures

September 18, 2017 — I thought in Aspen we were trying to keep out chain restaurants and retailers, and encourage local businesses. Now it's reported that the Hillstone Restaurant Group has purchased the building that houses Over Easy and Aspen Brewery Co., and has terminated their leases. Hillstone owns […]

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Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Sept. 17, 2017)

September 16, 2017 — Inspired by a 5-year-old I thought my fiance was crazy when he suggested we hike from Crested Butte to Aspen with Lilli, my 5-year-old niece. I asked her and she said, "Of course I want to go." We left the trail head in Crested Butte […]

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Mentally navigating the modern world

September 15, 2017 — Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Devastating fires and floods. Political strife. Racial division. Immigrants and refugees. War. School and workplace violence. The next global, regional or local tragedy — the world overwhelms these days. As humans, we are wired for empathy; and with the amount of traumatic experiences […]

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Ease the pressure on bighorns in Crystal Valley

September 15, 2017 — A recent letter argued that the proposed Crystal Trail should not be viewed as a serious risk factor in the health of our local bighorn herd and called for Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop a research-based plan for managing these animals ("Pedestrians, bikers won't […]

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A vicious cycle

September 14, 2017 — Mick Ireland is our local spokesperson on biking. He thinks it is OK to ride two abreast and hog the road. I faced this at a hairpin curve on Owl Creek Road. As I was passing the road hogs, when a bike path was 10 […]

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Aspen family at risk, but nobody’s listening

September 14, 2017 — I live immediately downhill from the proposed Celestial Land Co. site. As a result of the variances they have been granted, my family and I have been put directly in harm's way and no one seems to be willing to hear me out. Celestial's project […]

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Hater should look at himself, leave Aspen alone

September 13, 2017 — Hater should look at himself, leave Aspen alone In his recent letter to the editor ("You Aspen people disgust me," Sept. 11, 2017, The Aspen Times), Sean Elias rants and raves as he vomits up the usual misinformed stereotypes about our town. We have heard […]

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A name-calling rant

September 13, 2017 — A name-calling rant I thought The Aspen Times section was "letters to the editor," not "random words and incoherent thoughts." I read through "Getting woke to Mike Kaplan" (Sept. 11) several times in a futile attempt to decipher any meaningful commentary and came up empty-handed. […]

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A plea for help for Aspen-turned-Florida Keys residents

September 13, 2017 — I am a longtime local, class of 1990. Perhaps your readership is familiar with my semi-prolific letter-writing on a range of subjects, since I was at Aspen High School. Today, I write on a totally different subject. My parents were public servants. My dad, Bob […]

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The wedding bar has been lowered

September 13, 2017 — Are you kidding me? The view from the Pine Creek Cookhouse, and the cookhouse itself, aren't good enough for a wedding? A crane, platform and walkways are being built up the left fork at the end of Castle Creek Road. Go look for yourself. Ruth […]

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End days for Trump?

September 13, 2017 — Section four of the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution defines the procedures for assessing if the president is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." If the POTUS contests the assessment, both chambers of Congress have 21 days to debate the […]

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