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A vote for open space

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

Hurrah to those who have supported the Bair Ranch open space acquisition (512 acres) and conservation easements (4,318 acres). Supporters include the Basalt Town Council, the Eagle County open space advisory committee, Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi, candidate for Eagle County commissioner Peter Runyon, and others.

Open space and wilderness are quality-of-life issues that are invaluable. According to a recent survey, the valued aspects of wilderness are ranked 1-4 as: Protection of air quality, protection of water quality, providing wildlife habitat and providing protection for endangered species.

Not surprising, your current state representative, Gregg Rippy, has been silent on this issue. Furthermore, he has voted consistently against open space. This raises the issue of his construction business and vested interests! If you want a representative that will support open space and that does not have vested interests, please consider voting for me for the Colorado House of Representatives District 61, as a third-party candidate, Nov. 2.

Dale Reed

Glenwood Springs

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