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Beaton satire over liberals’ sensitive heads

Glenn Beaton’s columns are often controversial and may even “trigger” some of his readers, but they are well researched, amusing and always thought provoking. Perhaps the solution for those gentle souls who find his satirical style to be distressing is for The Aspen Times to preface each of Mr. Beaton’s columns with an appropriately crafted “trigger warning,” which seems to be all the rage in academia these days.

Denise Shea Malcolm

Aspen

Beaton delivers the humorous truth

Glenn Beaton is a bright light in the sea of leftist ideology in this paper.

We need another side to the media constant barrage of anti-everything.

And, we also need some levity to the stories that the earth is ending in 12 years (maybe 11.5 now). Of course the climate changes — we have cold spells, hot spells, drought and dumpage. If you have been around over 30 years, you know that. Remember when science was science and we were taught that plants need C02 to grow? Funny only Glenn would print the truth that the marijuana growers add C02 to the greenhouses for a good crop.

Thank you for Glenn’s column! Maybe we will actually learn something!

Lorrie Winnerman

Aspen

Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Dec. 15, 2019)

Moving generosity by anonymous donor

Dear anonymous,

On behalf of Challenge Aspen and our recent students and chaperones from the Tennessee School for the Blind, thank you!

At the end of dinner Dec. 8 at El Korita in Willits, a waiter beaming from ear-to-ear approached the table of Challenge Aspen staff and the Tennessee School for the Blind. He requested who the check should go to? REC Director Deb Sullivan raised her hand.

At that point, the waiter announced that a diner at the restaurant was so moved by the Challenge Aspen staff and Tennessee School for the Blind participants that they paid for everyone’s dinner. What an amazing gesture! These young people would have loved to have acknowledged your generosity. And we at Challenge Aspen, were utterly speechless.

Challenge Aspen has been hosting Tennessee School for the Blind high school juniors and seniors for the past 24 years. For most, if not all, it is the first time they have experienced altitude, snow, and being on skis or a snowboard. For these young students, this is a life-changing experience.

To our anonymous benefactor, your generosity was gracious, and we are humbled by your action, and buoyed by the continued charity across the local communities we serve.

Wishes from Challenge Aspen and the Tennessee School for the Blind for a joyous holiday season.

Respectfully …

Deb Sullivan and Jeff Hauser

Challenge Aspen REC program director and Challenge Aspen CEO

It takes a village to build gingerbread houses

The Buddy Program kicked of the holidays last weekend with our 7th annual Gingerbread House Workshops. We would like to thank several people who helped make these events happen! Thank you to the teams at Gorsuch Ski and Café, especially Kelly McNabb, and All Set Aspen. Thank you also to Colin Laird at the 3rd Street Center. The Little Nell team was amazing; thank you to Jonathan Fillman, Csaba Oveges, Kali Kopf and Ales Seidl for their “whatever it takes” attitude.

Several pastry chefs in the community also contributed; thank you to Elissa Buckley, Molly Mix, Matt Zubrod and Joanna Medaglia. Countless volunteers came to help the kids with their houses, and we are grateful to each and every one of them! And finally, thank you to our hosts Helen and Jim Fifield , Candice and Jeff Gorsuch, Karen Wing and the over 100 donors to gave so generously to this important fundraising event.

Happy holidays …

Lindsay Lofaro

Executive director, The Buddy Program

A little kindness goes a long way

On Dec. 6, I was driving to work and was at the four-way stop at 7-Eleven where there is always an officer guiding traffic to keep kids safe in the crosswalks.

On this morning a grumpy kid was trudging slowly to the corner and the officer stepped into the street to stop traffic. As she did, she shouted a greeting to the kid and he smiled. As he came into the street she gave him a light, casual, arm nudge and kept talking to him as he trundled through. He had the sweetest look of contentment and was still smiling after starting up the sidewalk to school.

I don’t know who he was, but that boy really needed someone to “see” him and show him authentic kindness. Well done to the officer who drew the short straw and got one of the most boring tasks (congratulations, you’re on crosswalk duty) but still showed up and was present and kind and beautiful. Thanks for warming my heart and reminding me of the kindness I have to offer to those who are hurting. Thanks for being part of my safe drive through Basalt.

Hilary Burgess

Thomasville

Howls of gratitude

The Aspen Animal Hospital staff would like to thank the entire community for their support of our fundraiser for the AVMF (American Veterinary Medical Fund) on Dec. 5 at the Mountain Chalet Aspen. This fund allows us to care for animals whose owners might not have the financial means at that time. These are generally one-time payments for major medical hardships incurred by responsible pet owners who just need a little help. All money raised stays local and will only be used for local families.

Due to the generosity of the community, we were able to raise nearly $10,000 and donations are still coming in! If you would like to donate, please email us at info@aspenanimalhospital.com . We had a wonderful event with live music, dogs, delicious food and lots of laughs.

While the list of donors is too long to list here, we would like to thank in particular: Rebecca Smale for taking the doggo pics, Dan Sheridan for providing great music, Epicure Catering for a gorgeous spread of food, Tom McElroy for keeping the party going with his gift of gab behind the bar, and finally Craig Melville and the rest of the staff at The Mountain Chalet Aspen for having the best event space in town. The views, amenities and staff make this an Aspen gem. People like you, the community, are what make this such a special and amazing town! Thank you, Aspen, for putting your money where my mouth is!

Aidan Wynn

Aspen

It takes a village to build gingerbread houses

The Buddy Program kicked of the holidays last weekend with our 7th annual Gingerbread House Workshops. We would like to thank several people who helped make these events happen! Thank you to the teams at Gorsuch Ski and Café, especially Kelly McNabb, and All Set Aspen. Thank you also to Colin Laird at the 3rd Street Center. The Little Nell team was amazing; thank you to Jonathan Fillman, Csaba Oveges, Kali Kopf and Ales Seidl for their “whatever it takes” attitude.

Several pastry chefs in the community also contributed; thank you to Elissa Buckley, Molly Mix, Matt Zubrod and Joanna Medaglia. Countless volunteers came to help the kids with their houses, and we are grateful to each and every one of them! And finally, thank you to our hosts Helen and Jim Fifield , Candice and Jeff Gorsuch, Karen Wing and the over 100 donors to gave so generously to this important fundraising event.

Happy holidays …

Lindsay Lofaro

Executive director, The Buddy Program

Hickory House full of appreciation

Another great meal enjoyed by all at the Hickory House Ribs annual Thanksgiving meal. We served 56 smoked turkeys and 400 pounds of beef with all the fixins in just about four hours. We raised over $3,400 for the Buddy Program with everyone’s generous donations and volunteers. I would like to specially thank the following people and businesses:

My staff (Hickory House), the best staff in Aspen; US Food Service and Neal Henley, The Aspen Times, Paradise Bakery, the Luu brothers and their families, Chris King and his family, Bethel Party Rentals, Alsco Linen, and all the volunteers.

Thank you all for helping to put on this great community event. We hope to see you all next year.

Paul Dioguardi

Owner, Hickory House Ribs

And the winning shots are …

Roaring Fork Conservancy would like to publicly thank all the photographers who participated in our 15th Annual Roaring Fork Watershed Photo Contest. We would also like to thank Kara Moore, Shannon Outing and Anna Stonehouse — three local, professional photographers who served as volunteer judges. Here are the winners:

Professional Division, Roaring Fork Watershed: Elk Sunrise by Jeremy Joseph

Professional Division, Lake Christine Fire: Lake Christine Fire by David Clark

Amateur Division, Roaring Fork Watershed: Osprey Chick by Les Rosenstein

Amateur Division, Lake Christine Fire: Basalt Mountain Rebirth by Mark Fuller

People’s Choice Award (via popular vote on Facebook): Osprey Chick by Les Rosenstein

Roaring Fork Conservancy also thanks Glenwood Hot Springs for sponsoring the Photo Contest prizes. Winning photographs can be seen at http://www.roaringfork.org/news.

Rick Lofaro

Executive director, Roaring Fork Conservancy

Top-notch support for winning season

I wanted to thank the people and organizations who supported Aspen Youth Football this year. We had the best season and our third- and fourth-grade team went undefeated!

First, I want to thank Ron Morehead for being Aspen’s town representative for Mountain West Youth Football. He is always willing to help out, whether it’s fitting us for gear or cheering for us on the sidelines. I also want to thank these organizations for their support: the Aspen Elks Lodge; Martha Richards, the high school athletic director; Travis Benson and his varsity staff, Susan Aranella and Alex Schrempf from the Recreation Department, and Blair Elliott and his staff from the Parks Department.

Lastly, I want to thank our amazing coaches: Jeff Kuhlman, David Clark, Bryan Welker, Todd Hoeffner and Chip Fuller. You taught us so much during practice, and because of this, we were really prepared for our games. You made it really fun too.

Thank you again to everyone who made it an amazing football season.

Henry Klumb

Basalt

‘Teflon Don no more’

Is anyone watching Fox “Lying News”? They are so desperate to support Donald Trump that Trump lies and Fox swears to it! Sean Hanity is holding live interviews with Trump at the White House. No one else can.

What Trump and Fox “Lying News” don’t get is when you find you are in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. Trump and Fox don’t get it.

Trump is now saying the Mueller Report has Russia confused with the Ukraine. In an interview by Fox, Trump claims the Democrats and Ukraine are in a campaign against him together.

If I were Trump’s wife, I would tell “the Donald” to do what Richard Nixon did so his VP Mike Pence can pardon him.

When Trump is defeated, he will face criminal charges, the idiot. He’ll need a “pardon.”

Richard C. Goodwin

Snowmass Village

Give a lift to Aspen Lift Up

Volunteers are needed for the Aspen Lift Up pantry as some shifts have not been filled and the pantry has been closed. Shifts are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday.

Considering volunteering by contacting Lift Up at 970-625-4496 or info@liftup.org.

Cathleen Krahe

Aspen

Beaton a valuable resource

Dear Aspen Times,

Please do not get rid of Glenn Beaton. We need him to keep writing crazy stuff in the paper so we can figure out what 10% of the hard-right Trumpsters are thinking. This could be valuable information. Thank you.

Miles Knudson

Aspen Village

Impeachment will be DOA with Senate

The Democrats should not send the impeachment articles to the Senate. They will exonerate their “boss.” Continue the inquiry to show the voters how bad Trump is.

Let the voters throw Trump out. The Senate Republicans never will. Trump pulled out their backbone.

Richard Goodwin

Snowmass Village

More questions than answers regarding 5G in Aspen

On Dec. 4, I attended the public forum at the limelight. My questions were related to the 5G rollout.

Question: Can installation be delayed until more studies are conducted regarding health concerns and the consistency of speed is remedied?

Answer: I was told that 4G cells would be installed first, then replaced with 5G cells.

Q: There is more than one cellular carrier in Aspen. Will each carrier have a 4G cell on each pole until the 5G cells are installed?

A: I was told four carriers have applied to install 5G in Aspen.

Q. Will only one carrier be selected and one 5G cell installed? Or will more than one carrier be selected, requiring multiple 5G cells on each pole? If there is more than one 5G cell at a location, will the RF radiation emitted be multiplied by the number of 5G cells on that pole?

A. That’s a good question.

Q. Will the city of Aspen petition the state to keep 5G out of residential areas like Mill Valley, California, did? Mill Valley enacted an urgency ordinance to block 5G towers in its residential areas. The legislation allows authorities to enact regulations affecting the health and safety of residents. San Anselmo and Ross have already adapted similar ordinances.

A. No, the legislation in Colorado allows 5G in residential areas.

More questions I thought of after I left the forum:

• Verizon has said objects like foliage can interfere with 5G wavelengths and make the signal less effective. There are a lot of trees in Aspen. How will this be addressed?

• Each cell location will require power and fiber optic. What will the construction look like, will the fiber optic installation require trenching to each cell location? How will this be implemented in the core, down Main Street, in residential areas?

You can find arguments on both sides of the issues, yes and no to health effects, consistency of speed, interference caused by trees, foliage, buildings, glass, concrete, etc.

It would alleviate a lot of concerns if more time could be taken to taken to truly understand the impacts of this technology. Have the cities that have rolled out 5G provided concrete information as to health effects, benefit to the community, impacts of installation?

The city of Aspen is not going to stop or slow the installation of 5G; the public forum was to address aesthetics.

Please visit http://www.electrosmogprevention.org/stop-5g-action-plan/10-actions-to-help-stop-5g/ if you want information on how to contact your elected officials to create new legislation for installation locations, to slow or stop 5G.

Jensue Hawks

Aspen

Postal Service can’t be trusted

We recently sent a card with two gift cards enclosed (total value of $150) to our son in Belleview, Washington, for his birthday. It was sent U.S. Postal Service, in person, from the Carbondale post office. Extra postage was added at that time as required by the post office employee. This was Nov. 25; our son’s birthday is Dec. 4.

Our son called us on Dec. 9 (14 days after the postmark) to say he had finally received the card. The card had been opened prior to delivery and the gift cards were gone.

So, two things here. First, once again, the inefficiency and ineptness of the USPS has been demonstrated. This seems to be a chronic problem. Second, and more importantly, it is a federal crime to tamper with U.S. mail. When any of us mails something, a bill, a letter, a package, we expect honesty and safety and reliability. Clearly this is not the case. From the time this item was mailed, to the time it was delivered to our son’s mailbox, it should not have left the possession of the USPS. My conclusion is that the USPS is not to be trusted or relied upon.

I urge everyone, at this busy time of year for mailings, to consider who you want your carrier to be. There are options.

Keven Goodwin

Carbondale

Replace Beaton with Veazy

Jim Pausa is right: Reading Glen Beaton is a waste of time (“Beaton not worth the time of day,” letters, Dec. 9, aspentimes.com). The Times should hire a more intelligent, intriguing conservative writer like Emzy Veazy!

Carl Heck

Aspen