Do the right thing
August 14, 2002
I am writing in regards to the cover article about the wall mural in Aspen being shot down (Aspen Times, Friday, Aug. 9).
It appears to me that Maccarthy Lampe has the funding, the kids, the support from business owners and City Council, an awesome design, and wants to contribute to beautifying and ugly wall while involving at-risk youth from the valley.
Sounds pretty great! The only problem is that some out-of-town owner does not want to allow use of a few precious parking spaces for a few days and is worried about getting sued. There are waivers that can be created to cover the owner if he would be willing to work with MacCarthy Lampe.
It seems that this “California owner” finds it inconvenient to contribute to the community and would just rather collect his $1,500 per month per space because the hands-off approach is easier. At those prices surely he could afford a lawyer to draw up some kind of legal contract to cover himself.
Mr. Don Lemos, please help! You are the only one who has contact with the “California owner.” Please get him a copy of this letter.
It is not always about money; sometimes it is about community! Please help do what is right.
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