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Dear Editor:

I was driving my daughter to her day camp this morning and pointed out to her that we got to drive over the new bridge over Maroon Creek. I described that the new bridge would have four lanes on it instead of just two; two would be used for regular traffic, and two would be used for buses. She asked, “Why are they not going to use the old bridge also, because that would reduce the traffic jams and be better for the environment by not having all the cars stopped and idling?”

I thought the most positive answer would be a civics lesson: “The people and government of Aspen voted on this, and they thought this was the best answer.” Her response was, “They already live in Aspen and don’t have to be in traffic to cross the bridge. Shouldn’t the people of Snowmass Village and downvalley vote on this?”

How do you tell your 8-year-old that she is smarter than the people running our local governments?

Scott Arthur

Snowmass Village


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