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1A good, 4A bad

Dear Editor:

Voters in the midvalley are offered one sustainable and one unsustainable ballot issue this month. Issue 1A provides a voluntary funding mechanism for those who wish to invest in reducing their energy footprint at no expense to others; please vote yes on 1A.

Issue 4A is a bad idea that can be nipped in the bud with a no vote. Recreation centers are the new arms race, with well-intentioned folks buying into the madness that propels the recreation-industrial complex. Aspen, Snowmass Village, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs already have existing, publicly funded recreation centers that are suffering from large operating deficits. By my estimate, valley residents are already subsidizing the four centers’ annual deficits at a cost of about $2 million per year.

I can save you the cost of a study: A basic gym will cost you $5 million with a subsidy of $250,000 per year, forever. Add a pool and ice rink and the cost goes to $11 million with the annual operating deficit bulging to $750,000.

We live in an outdoor recreation paradise; if your desires cannot be met in nature, then please use one of the pools in Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen or Snowmass or one of the two ice rinks in Aspen or the one in Glenwood. If you need a gym, there are lots of them struggling to survive; please call and join.

I use all of the above, and they all have reasonable daily, monthly or annual rates. Let’s support the existing centers rather than continuously creating more, more, more.

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Buy your kids a bus pass and they can have every kind of indoor play that you want. Please vote no on 4A.

Robert Schultz

Carbondale