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Dangerous concerts

Dear Editor:I read today that the Aspen police were surprised by the number of fans at the Damian Marley concert on Saturday night. Perhaps the town might better educate itself on the magnitude of the effect of a free outdoor concert, featuring a wildly popular musician, in their town.I question allowing such a concert to occur at 10 p.m. and then trying to enforce an 11 p.m. curfew for kids under 17 who are desperate to attend. What would I have done at age 14 to see a free outdoor concert featuring Aerosmith in Waterloo, Iowa?I would like folks to know that my 18-year-old, tiny daughter who was determined to get close to her favorite musician, was unable to maintain her footing in the crowd. Her boyfriend, in trying to help her out, was in an altercation with a another fan who refused to move out of their way, that ended with the boyfriend on the receiving end of a head butt that broke his nose. The “butter” then ran off into the crowd.I also read that many underage fans were prevented from taking alcohol into the concert. I have it on good authority that many were not prevented from doing so, and passed looking as though they had gained 20 pounds in the past hour. I am tempted to begin ranting about the hypocrisy of a community where norms continue to support the party lifestyle while repeated studies have shown that substance abuse is the most prominent health issue in ourvalley. But I won’t.We seem to be able to control our other concerts, so we obviously know what to do. I understand how important the X Games revenue is to the valley. However, I think our community needs to take a look at the risks of allowing these concerts to continue in their current form before it’s too late.Jenny LindsayCarbondale

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