Cheap shot on Rappaport |

Cheap shot on Rappaport

Dear Editor:

As I read Scott Condon’s article on the topic of Basalt’s affordable housing mitigation requirements I came away with the understanding that there was general consensus amongst council and staff that it may be time to take another look at those requirements (“Basalt ponders if ‘boom’ rules are outdated in the ‘bust,'” June 20, 2011, The Aspen Times).

All of the council members with the exception of a couple weighed in. All who did comment were in favor of some change, and in fact directed staff to come back later in the summer with an outline of items to discuss. In fact, lately Basalt has been taking another look at lots of things.

The recent attack from a letter to the editor writer on Councilman Glenn Rappaport was unfounded and an insult to Basalt’s elected officials and he owes them all an apology. The writer’s favorite in the most recent past had been his honor the mayor, but Leroy’s silence caused him to ready-fire-aim at another stalwart citizen.

Glenn has over a decade of public service under his belt and was instrumental in keeping the post office in downtown, creating the opportunity for the Midland Bridge, rebuilding the Frying Pan Bridge, negotiating a $50,000 contribution the help those efforts from a private source. He participated in the acquisition of the Levinson parcel – aka Old Town Park – the creation of the Roaring Fork Conservancy, etc.

To suggest he does not have the community in mind is just plain inappropriate and misguided. Glenn’s biggest fault might be his passion for our town and his tendency to say the things that need to be said absent people without the courage to do so. Using terms or jargon like “pro growth” and “pro development” are all old hat – come up with something else if you really want to slime someone. Congratulations to the council for taking the time to understand the issues and thanks much for all your hard work.

Rick Stevens


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