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Don’t ask, don’t tell

Dear Editor:It was a mistake to vote for a grand plan to balance Aspen’s growth. That’s because our form of government is not grand, it’s weak. We elect nice, well-meaning, part-time amateurs off the street to make and manage master plans. This situation reminds one of the saying, “There are no little plans, only little planners.”Most local officials qualify for affordable housing, but are not qualified to make fiscal policy and be responsible for managing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues and guiding our resort’s multibillion-dollar economy. This is a weakness that reminds one of the saying that government planning is ignorance in action.The bottom line for the-past 40 years is that Aspen’s officials who are responsible for fiscal policy have never ever published an accounting or an audit on the results of their management of the total public money. That is a clear example of how weak our form of government is. This fact remains one of Aspen’s best-kept planning secrets. Such an embarrassment reminds one of the saying “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”KNCB MooreAspen


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