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Coming to terms with change

Dear Editor:It is most confusing that the city of Aspen, with all of its educated constituents, appears to have elected three members to council that do not grasp basic economics. Development, in conjunction with the resort amenities Aspen has (i.e. skiing), is what drives this machine. Like it or not, if Aspen wants to stay competitive, it must be allowed to grow its inventory of high-end luxury hotels. While I sympathize with the old guard on the sadness of change, progress is still the only way to grow. I am incredibly disappointed by the Council’s collective decision, and I was appalled at the judge’s outlandish and combative behavior – it is counter-intuitive to the democratic process. I would also like to say that Mr. Sarpa handled himself quite well, especially after the judge attacked his character in hopes of provoking him. As a resident of Basalt, I can empathize with the nauseating pace of change; however, change is the one constant variable we can count on. Wouldn’t it be better to acknowledge change and take steps to better from it, instead of attacking the development industry as a whole for attempting to engage and participate in that change?I find it unfortunate that many in this valley have elected to use their energies to vilify developers instead of positively contributing to the marketplace of ideas on how to grow. The question is not if we grow, but how. In response to the charges that this and other developments cause traffic, parking problems and waste – what business doesn’t? I am curious if those who pointed out the obvious consequences of conducting business, where do they work? Do they drive a car there and, if so, where do they park? Does their company or firm produce waste? Does their company currently submit to environmental standards testing? These are rhetorical questions. Furthermore, I am curious if their employer would be willing to operate under the progressive standards Mr. Sarpa and his associates committed to?This is not to say all developments provide positive and healthy growth, but the level of community and council discussion needs to be elevated from a pissing contest to an enlightened debate.Jennifer DonovanBasalt


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