A waste of resources
April 11, 2002
“Let’s do everything possible now to avert an economic meltdown.” – former Aspen Mayor Bill Stirling.
One thing we can’t do is to get the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to help Aspen establish a program for a sustainable resort economy. This local think tank helps people learn how to use their resources to produce the income a small town needs to maintain a good quality of life.
Why won’t RMI help? Their spokesperson told The Aspen Times it’s because “the Institute wants to avoid the squabbles that dominate local politics.”
The city and county have hundreds of non-political and highly qualified professionals on their payrolls. Many of these public employees have much the same backgrounds and interests as the RMI staff has.
What a waste of resources it is when our intelligent men and women in the courthouse and City Hall cannot get together with RMI’s people to help jump start Aspen’s stalled economy.
RMI’s spokesperson says the reason why this think tank hasn’t come to Aspen’s rescue is because having to put up with its squabbling politicians would sap the Institute’s energy.
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It seems sappy for the city/county voters to put up with politicians who would rather squabble amongst themselves than get RMI’s help to improve Aspen’s shrinking bottom line.
Be Brave Comrades.