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Big Read panel leads provocative discussion

Dear Editor:Several members of the community courageously stepped forth to participate in the Big Read panel discussion on Social Conditions and the Law, Then & Now at the Pitkin County Library last week. This is the second year that the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, in partnership with the Pitkin County Library, has brought the Big Read to the Roaring Fork Valley. As many are aware, this year’s selection is the modern classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. The novel realistically depicts the good, the bad, and the ugly of a small Alabama town in the 1930s, addressing some unpleasant truths about life in those harsh times. The panel consisted of retired attorney Jim Moran, Aspen Historical Society communications director Tom Egan, and Aspen School District teachers Amy Hall, Matt Wells and Chris Wheatley, and was moderated by Mayor Mick Ireland.All six individuals deserve a special thank-you for a job well done. It was a rare opportunity for the community to openly discuss issues such as race and class relations, and the audience responded with insightful comments and questions. The panel handled difficult subject matter with a thoughtfulness and grace that hopefully I’ll still be able to recall when I’m a silver-haired lady, sitting in a rocker on a front porch overlooking a neighborhood of harmonious diversity.Audrey TollePitkin County Library

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