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CU betrays Paepcke legacy

Dear Editor:My grandfather’s house sat right next to the house Mrs. Paepcke grew up in in Chicago. (Before she met and married Walter, she had a big crush on my Uncle Charles!) And after I moved to Aspen, I came to know Mrs. Paepcke pretty well – enough to know that if she had ever, ever imagined that the University of Colorado would turn out to be no different than all the other “dirt pimps” who continue to cut Aspen up into smaller and smaller pieces for sale to the highest bidder, she would have put restrictions on her gift of the Given Institute land that would have prevented the university from selling the property off for a profit. She gave the land so that most of it would remain forever as it had always been: the easterly extension of her own garden with its big spruce trees and with its view of Hallam Lake. So, my advice to Aspen’s planning commission and to the Aspen City Council is to put that in their pipe and smoke it.Jim BreastedCarbondaleP.S. And I speak also as one who was once a member of both the Aspen P&Z and the Aspen City Council. If I were a member of either today, I would be puffing away on my Paepcke pipe.

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