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When will Aspen take lead on fluoride?

September 22, 2017 — When will Aspen take lead on fluoride? A new study on fluoride was released on Sept. 19. The is the first study funded by the U.S. government to study the relationship between fluoride and the IQ of children. An evaluation of the exposure of fluoride […]

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Sportsmen ask Sen. Gardner to protect Arctic Refuge

September 22, 2017 — Sportsmen ask Sen. Gardner to protect Arctic Refuge On Dec. 6, 1960, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower created the Arctic National Wildlife Range (redesignated as part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 1980) by public land order, "for the purpose of preserving unique wildlife, wilderness […]

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God’s wrath of hurricane season is upon us

September 22, 2017 — God's wrath of hurricane season is upon us Let me congratulate John Hoffman on his published letter "Signs from above?" (Aspen Times, Sept. 19). Hoffman's on a higher plane of understanding in reading and correlating the signs of Mother Nature or the acts of God […]

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Tony Vagneur: A Capitol affair

September 22, 2017 — Surging from granite just north of Capitol Lake, the beginning of a mountain stream courses through the rock-lined basin containing the lake and continues on down the valley, picking up velocity from mountain tributaries along the way. This is Capitol Creek. Rivulets of water stream […]

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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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Roger Marolt: Praying for oppression and re-writing a heroic family history

September 21, 2017 — "Dear Lord, help us seal our borders. There is a good yet unknown reason you gave us this great abundance; who are we to argue? We can only humbly accept it for our exclusive comfort and enjoyment, as you intended. We promise to be good, […]

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Writers on the Range: A nativist wall stops German students

September 21, 2017 — Eight German exchange students arrived at Denver International Airport on July 28. They were excited about their upcoming month-long stay with their Chaffee County host families. But instead of starting their "Rocky Mountain Language Adventure" in and around the town of Salida, they were handcuffed […]

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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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Aspen Princess: Finding light in the darkness

September 20, 2017 — The magic of fall has officially arrived, the low angle light and cool air filling my spirit with an energy that lies dormant in the hotter summer months, when thigh chafe and sunburn are too distracting to really be able to channel any real inspiration. […]

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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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Sean Beckwith: The Lit Life presented by…

September 20, 2017 — I'm here today to talk about integrity, about the inability to be bought off or bend my moral principles. But at the same time I'm here to tout the deliciousness of Michter's fine whiskeys. Unless I write a story that goes viral or a notable […]

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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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Meredith C. Carroll: Yes, we cannabis

September 19, 2017 — A newer editor for a website to which I have been a long-time contributor recently asked if I would write a piece about drinking alcohol in front of my kids. I rolled my eyes while replying affirmatively. I could basically compose a dissertation on the […]

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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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John Colson: Politics? Pah! Let’s look closer to home

September 18, 2017 — I started out to write today about politics, or health care, or some other damned blight on our global consciousness. But I decided to put all that aside, at least for today, and concentrate on something much more positive. Instead of the troubles of the […]

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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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Chad Klinger: Some perspective on Aspen’s traffic woes

September 18, 2017 — Hearing the incessant anguished and heated cries over Aspen's traffic congestion, together with many and varied suggestions for easing our suffering, I thought it might be instructive to consider the experiences of two other American communities. The first is the town of Wallace, a picturesque […]

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