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A voice for conservation

Dear Editor: I believe that a campaign for a political office should be based on issues and not attacks on personal character. The recent discussion regarding my opponent’s architecture credentials is misguided and is a distraction from the real issues that face this city. I do not condone nor do I associate myself in any way with the accusations. They are, in my view, irrelevant. During my campaign, I have consistently concentrated on issues. There are significant issues that distinguish my political platform. Although I opposed the Burlingame project, I support the voters’ decision and will offer my input to make this project more environmentally sustainable.I support carefully selected “infill” projects in the downtown core, with the goal of circumventing sprawling growth outside the core.We need to modify our current development strategies that are courting overdevelopment to the detriment of the quality of our resort community.We are blessed with a splendid natural environment that we must not compromise in the pursuit of short-term gain.The Aspen experience is a combination of the arts, humanities, outdoor sports and nature. This is a delicate balance I am committed to supporting and preserving.Water diversions to the Front Range are compromising our stream flows, and I am committed to restoring stream habitat protection – Colorado water law accommodates in-stream flows for wildlife and provides the legal means to leave water in the stream for wildlife. I am running for office because I believe we need at least one voice for the conservation of our environment on City Council.Delia MaloneAspen

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