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Andersen column: Go placidly amid the noise … Thanks, Max, for the timeless reminder

May 21, 2017 — If you remember the Desiderata, you remember the tumult of the Vietnam War. During that tragic upheaval this beautiful poetic proclamation was in wide circulation. "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as […]

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Do the math: Four lanes needed to fix Entrance to Aspen

May 21, 2017 — More than 60 percent of Aspen's registered voters apparently think voting is for suckers. But, perhaps they have a different explanation for sitting out the recent election. Regardless, there will be no opportunity for improvement in congestion at the Entrance to Aspen until common sense […]

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Vote for Aspen’s future, vote for Torre

May 21, 2017 — A vote Torre will do just that. He has proven how much he deeply cares for this town. He will fight for the younger generation's issues and has respect for " Old School Aspenites." Let's give him another chance. He only needs one vote … […]

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Users of public lands need to appreciate the day

May 19, 2017 — Colorado's Public Lands Day (today) is significant for many reasons, and particularly important for anyone who hunts, fishes, hikes, camps or otherwise recreates on our great public lands estate. For starters, it's the first official Public Lands Day in Colorado (or any other state) and […]

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Hey, Eagle County: Tree Farm plan comes up woefully short

May 19, 2017 — Dear Jill, Kathy, and Jeanne: First and foremost, I wish to recognize your service as Eagle County commissioners. Your commitment and dedication as stewards of our little neck of the woods plays a critical role in the protection of our unique lands and our desired […]

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Vagneur: We inadvertently steal our own water from ourselves

May 19, 2017 — Spring and water go together like winter and snow. Rafters and kayakers flock to the fast-moving rivers, fishermen eagerly await the latest hatch, little kids play with the yard hose or the puddles left after spring rains, and some folks, like me, start the irrigating […]

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Marolt: Treading water in camouflage and combat boots

May 19, 2017 — "Do you want to quit?" the drill instructor hollered. "No, sir," I gasped as my vision faded to a hypoxic blur. The test was to tread water in a flight suit and combat boots. "Not that this has anything to do with real life," our […]

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Volunteer to help biking community, win chance at mountain bike

May 19, 2017 — Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day this Saturday by building new singletrack in Carbondale! Help complete a reroute of the top portion of the Blue Ribbon trail on Red Hill (a.k.a. Mushroom Rock). Red Hill Council is leading the charge on this project, Roaring Fork Mountain […]

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Trumpaloon: Stay shallow, Alison

May 18, 2017 — Because in her column "America has become its own reality show" (Aspen Times, Commentary, May 18), Alison Margo has solicited my thoughts as a "Trumpaloon," and because I enjoy her refreshingly candid confessions of what she fears may be shallow self-indulgence, I thought I'd respond. […]

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President Trump: Could it get any worse?

May 18, 2017 — Trump without a doubt is the worst person who ever occupied the Oval Office. There is no past president who would come even close to Trump's imbecilic incompetence. And yet we see that the ranking Republicans keep turning a blind eye to Trump; they must […]

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Crystal Trail group formed to watch Pitkin County movement

May 18, 2017 — An advocacy group proposing appropriate and sustainable trail alignment in the Crystal River Valley was formally announced last week at the Crystal Caucus meeting in Redstone. The Crystal Trail Conservancy (crystaltrailconservancy.org) provides a coherent voice for those sensing a need to get out ahead of […]

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Blisters on my feet, butterfly’s in my heart

May 17, 2017 — I really had my doubts if we were going to be physically able to go door to door to collect the necessary 640 City of Aspen registered voters needed to put a referendum question on the ballot regarding the Galena Plaza/Rio Grande city office building. […]

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Tree Farm proposal will push midvalley’s capacity

May 17, 2017 — I have not been opposed to development in the mid Roaring Fork Valley. I am not opposed to the Crawford's development which will offer real affordable housing. I was not opposed to Willits and to Shadowrock. However, I am opposed to the Tree Farm proposal. […]

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Aspen Princess: America has become its own reality show

May 17, 2017 — Dear Trump supporters, I know we've had some words before, but now I really, really need to talk to you. I don't want to be that person who is unwilling to have dialogue with the other side, to share ideas, to debate and to try […]

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Beckwith: Eating, drinking and Grandma Mary

May 17, 2017 — One of my favorite card games is gin rummy. The name seems intimidating, like a gimlet, a cocktail you know is old but have no idea what's in it. However, once you've played a couple of times, it comes naturally. You have 10 cards in […]

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Meredith C. Carroll: A canary on the Aspen City Council

May 17, 2017 — Once upon a time there was a princess who required a pea to prove the depth of her sensitivity and, by extension, her royal heritage. Also a long time ago, coal miners relied on canaries to alert them of impending doom. Modern-day Aspen has neither […]

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Who’s your favorite local Republican?

May 17, 2017 — Below are eight frank questions for Snowmass Village, Aspen Village, Red Mountain, Woody Creek, Aspen, Wildcat, Basalt and Pitkin County voters to answer whether they are of the Green Party, Republican Party, Democratic Party, other third parties or non-affiliated voters in Pitkin County. From what […]

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Washington isn’t here for our health

May 17, 2017 — There are lots of ways to create Medicare for all. Build on the work of others in Massachusetts, Denmark, Canada or any other industrialized nation — they have used it for years. We are the only troglodyte. We waste untold hours and tax-funded salaries of […]

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Rich with land, not cash

May 17, 2017 — Dear Pitkin County commissioners, Once again, I must protest the increase of my property's assessed valuation, and inevitably my property taxes, by the Pitkin County assessor. Having lived in my home for over 60 years, at the same location, I have seen the transformation of […]

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The annoying stench of pesticide

May 15, 2017 — It was a beautiful day Sunday, warm enough to set up my hammock in the back yard, get some blankets and grab a great book to read. I was excited about this small venture. It wasn't a big adventure; it was just enough. It wasn't […]

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