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Aspen’s people make it great

Dear Editor:

My love affair with Aspen is considerably shorter than letter writer Scott Writer’s (“Aspen has changed for the better,” Letters, Feb. 25, The Aspen Times) and also Jim Donaldson’s, to whom Writer was responding (“It was fun while it lasted,” Letters Feb. 22, The Aspen Times).

Without being able to weigh the pros and cons of the changes that have occurred in Aspen over the past 50 to 70 years, as an outsider casting a voyeur’s eye over your magnificent town, I can only observe that if the Aspen of 2013 is the product of change, then change is a very good thing indeed.

The Writers, the Donaldsons and many other long-term residents of this town must be acknowledged for their contribution to that positive change.

While the geography and facilities available to your visitors are world-class, it really is the adventurous, courteous, helpful and super-friendly American people, both resident and visitor, who really make Aspen unique.

I feel quite sure that if asked, Donaldson would agree that this aspect of Aspen has not changed at all since the ’40s and ’50s.

Aspen is great; I agree with Writer on that point, but its people are even better.

Tony Bouchier

Auckland, New Zealand


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