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Attacks or values?

Dear Editor:

Regardless of what pushes your buttons and grabs your attention for personal reasons, it is time for us to take a deep breath of fresh air and consider in depth our choices for mayor and council on May 5.

In spite of personality wars, attacks, appearances, connections past and present, what values are most important for maintaining the characteristics of the town that we cherish? Do we prefer a short-term fix or a mindful long-term approach to protect the character of our small mountain town?



The Daily News reports that our newest candidate for mayor, Marilyn Marks, suggests that we “downplay the role that growth will play in this election because, with the slowdown in the economy, few people see growth and development as threatening to quality of life.” Not threatening the “quality of life?” Yikes! Let me count the ways.

Revving up the construction world again, infilling remaining open space in our town, approving lot line-to-lot line massive buildings and encouraging energy-sucking mega-mansions is not an economic cure. Economic problems cannot be solved with a building. Small committees and COWOPS offer valuable input for projects, but the economic benefit provided is primarily for the developer.




Please, consider the values of smart growth, small-town living, and room to breathe before you vote for mayor or council based on attack, personality, short-term Band-Aids or old issues. Protect our future with your eyes wide open.

James Morris

Aspen


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