Letter: Holding on to paradise
January 8, 2016
First off of my mind would be to congratulate Staci Carini Stokes on her or his (don't know which gender) succinct evaluation of what Aspen and Aspenites need, in the recent missive (Community needs to grow up and play nice," Letters, Jan. 7, Aspen Daily News) about "growing up and playing nice"! Thanks for the love!
The people of Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and other desirable communities — which all have wonderful treasures in their locations, climates, populace and spiritual and intellectual quotients — have vested interests in carefully evaluating what is part of the natural cycle of change, growth and impending results of the whole package that some people and organizations want and need!
Due to the continued shenanigans that seem to be a lasting part of the Snowmass developments and the potential for the city of Aspen and town of Basalt to experience similar challenges, the concept of trusting developers begs the one-word question: Really?
During the last face-off among the people of Aspen, the City Council and Mark Hunt, I was baffled by the lopsided voting decision of the people of Aspen in favor of having more to say in how projects were approved and moved forward. It seemed to me that the City Council had its finger "firmly on the pulse" of its "constituent" (singular) and not on its "constituents" (plural). I believe during this period of time there was a "blanket of emails" sent out to encourage people in the approval and building of Mark Hunt's affordable-hotel concept. I received one of the blanket emails, and it prompted a response from me. I asked a question concerning the building of underground parking for the complex, and with my limited knowledge of construction projects, it occurred to me that the budget and time needed for this "added on amenity" or "requirement/necessity" would possibly skew the affordability concept of this project. I asked the question. I did not receive a response.
I have found in my life that it is easier to believe in something when honesty is a determining factor. The profound protection that this valley deserves as a truly sacred place should be obvious to all persons who visit as well as those who live here! My wife, Vicki, and I arrived here in 1971, and we have maintained that this valley heals people in "body, mind and spirit," to coin a phrase! On behalf of this wonderfulness, questions should be asked and answered sans duplicitous, disingenuous malarkey that seems, at times, to pervade plans for the betterment of this community!
As I have counseled my children in their growing experiences: Do the things that you are proud of! I try to live it as well!
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