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A vision that sticks around

Dear Editor:Years ago, in the middle of a heated political campaign that would decide who would become the next mayor of Aspen, I asked Fritz Benedict his opinion. He raised his thick eyebrows, chuckled to himself and said, “Aspen mayors? Oh, they come and go – it’s their philosophies that stick around.”Fritz’s words have stuck with me, and I have learned to look at a broader picture for the future of Aspen. Rural and Remote represents a portrayal for a long-term vision by restricting development from inappropriate areas. The Pitkin County Open Space program had the foresight to protect large parcels of land against suburban sprawl. And our community pioneered a cross-country system of seamless nordic trails, which are some of the best in Colorado.None of this would have been possible without the vision and broad picture efforts of Mick Ireland. His plan for the future of Aspen is one of environmental sensitivity and thoughtful growth. He has fought for ideas that have at times been controversial but have proven to be profound solutions. He has worked as a public servant with honesty and integrity for no personal gain. He has challenged us as citizens to work together to make Aspen into a model community in the effort to reverse global warming.Mick Ireland may come and go – but his environmental philosophy will continue for generations. Please support an environmentally responsible government and vote for Mick.Ruthie BrownAspen


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