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Diatribe from Eighth Street

I’m writing in response to Tony Hershey’s letter on April 30. It’s always interesting to me that when there is a debate, your opponent claims to be the sole master of “the facts.” When I write an opposing position, it’s a diatribe; when Tony writes, he would have us all believe it’s good prose.

I have never intended to mislead anyone about where I live. When I spoke up at the last City Council meeting I did specify that I lived on Eighth Street. There were many people at that meeting who stood to gain or lose a great deal from this decision.

Many of the proponents of a “straight shot” at the meeting weren’t clear as to where they lived or owned property. Unfortunately, a “straight shot” will reduce the quality of life for everyone, regardless of where they live in Aspen, all for the sake of saving one illusive minute in traffic.

I make the full disclosure that my family stands to lose considerably, both monetarily and to the quality of our lives if CDOT builds four lanes of pavement 20 feet from my deck.

When Tony voted to turn the Marolt open space over to the state, he said that he was only following the decision in the 1996 vote to allow two lanes of autos and two lanes of trains. He casually mentions that the 2001 vote was against allowing buses.

Tony doesn’t disclose that four lanes of pavement will be built. What will be driving on those two extra lanes, if not a train? I invite Tony and Tom McCabe to disclose what the difference is between HOV lanes for buses and cars, and a transit platform.

They would allow restricted HOV lanes for cars and buses on those extra two lanes of pavement. I would like full disclosure as to how HOV lanes are not “four lanes of pavement,” and why the signal at 7th and Main is a better alternative than a signal at Cemetery Lane.

I want to know why the majority of City Council felt they had to fulfill a commitment based on the 1996 vote, which was based on having a train, while totally ignoring the 2001 vote, which rejected buses.

Tony stated in his letter that it is the S-curves, not the light at Cemetery Lane, that causes traffic. I invite every logical resident to think about this for a moment.

When you’re driving out of Aspen at 5 p.m. and traffic backs up onto Main Street, do you suddenly have a clear path when you make it out of the S-curve at the Forest Service building?

I would guess that the bumper-to-bumper backs up all the way from the signal at Cemetery Lane. It seems logical that the signal must have something to do with the traffic.

What about the morning bumper-to-bumper? According to Tony, it is the S-curves, not the signal. I strongly disagree with this “fact.”

The voters of Aspen are entitled to know why Tony Hershey, Tom McCabe and Tim Semrau were willing to ignore the vote of 2001, which specifically said “no” to two extra lanes for buses.

In the interest of full disclosure, please tell us what you now plan to build across the Marolt property: A 100-foot-wide, four-lane highway for buses and cars, or an empty transit corridor that waits for a train?

Cliff Weiss


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