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A True distinction

Dear Editor:The distinction between the two county commissioner candidates for District 2 has become clear. Although The Aspen Times is correct in stating that they are both excellent choices, the voters do not have the luxury of voting for both. Thus, the choice must be Jim True.It is a shame that this has seemed to become a one-issue discussion about the entrance to Aspen. Since it has, however, the distinction becomes even stronger. First and foremost, the entrance is fundamentally a city issue. The stalemate that Ms. Richards has referred to is a stalemate for which she must shoulder responsibility. Despite 13 years of service on the City Council over the past 15 years, she has not been able to get the city beyond the stalemate. To suggest that she knows how to accomplish this once she leaves the city and moves to the county is ridiculous.There is no doubt that the community is fractured on this issue. What Jim True has done is have the guts to offer a way out of the stalemate. On the other hand, Rachel Richards supports a position that neither corrects the situation nor has obtained community support. She states that she supports a two-lane solution with a dedicated busway phased into a railway over the Marolt Open Space. This will not resolve the existing traffic delays. Given the present traffic volumes, Ms. Richards’ solution would maintain the bottleneck upon entering and leaving town. Also, despite her complaints about the Cemetery Lane light, her solution simply moves that light to 7th Street. Finally, this solution was rejected by the voters in the last election on this issue. Thus, not only does her solution require more votes, it just doesn’t address our problem.Jim True demonstrated a lot of strength and integrity in even proposing a solution. However, he has said very clearly that his goal as a commissioner is to get the community moving toward a solution, whether it is his or another’s. Since he has the experience and skills necessary to assist the city and the state in coming to a resolution, as well as a proven track record of success, Pitkin County needs to elect Jim True.Janet RaczakSnowmass

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