Blame drugs for the erosion of Aspen Idea
I want to thank Bruno Kirchenwitz for giving me another opportunity to stand on my soapbox to voice my concern regarding substance abuse in my community (“A war on ourselves,” letters, June 27, 2011, The Aspen Times).
As Mr. Kirchenwitz seems to wear red tinted glacier glasses which blocks life’s periphery, he missed the point of my recent letters. Over the last month much has been written about the war on drugs including a headline article in the June 12 Sunday Denver Post. As Mr. Kirchenwitz and others points out, the war on drugs is being lost at the cost of thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
Gerry Camilli of Englewood, a 23-year parent and 30-year teacher, expressed in a letter to the Denver Post this past week this thought, “I agree that the war on drugs has failed, but maybe that’s because we haven’t fought it correctly.” I share this opinion. Nowhere is this more evident than in Aspen-Pitkin County where the message of The Aspen Idea describing the integration of body/mind/spirit is overshadowed by “live and let live.”
In the paper recently have been reports of local young adults being arrested and accused of everything from selling pot to 12-year-olds to out-of-control behavior in public. It is this increasing number of local kids who have fallen into a pattern of destruction that I am concerned about.
The rock of the Aspen Idea, which Aspen prides itself on having built its reputation, has started to turn to sand and may crumble around us if we do not pay attention to the welfare of the silent majority, our kids.
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