Déjà vu all over again | AspenTimes.com

Déjà vu all over again

Dear Editor:Déjà, déjà. Well, shades of 30 some years ago, when conditions at the Red and Yellow Brick schools were belabored, exaggerated and even threatening. The roof was leaking or falling, the crawl space was crawling with ???, the classrooms were too small, or too large, the Martians were coming, too much sun from the south, only one story and, sob, sob, they were not in an academic complex.So, the school board sold the remnants to the city and today, the dilapidated schools are thriving. Still facing south, but no crawling, no Martians, but a watertight roof and enjoyed by hundreds of happy kids and parents.How did that happen? Was it the City Hall can-do spirit? The Martians? No, it was a few bucks and the kids taking shoes and galoshes off before entering. The schools are now over 50 years old, going on 60. Leaking roof – fix it; no classroom windows – cut them in; no views – put up billboards; water in basement – pump or sump; mechanical/electrical – open windows and replace bulbs.Spell Waste, Spell Maintenance, Spell Timely, Spell Education. Today’s writing exercise: “Expendable, expendable” – 100 times.Charles CollinsAspen

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