Don’t sensationalize the news |

Don’t sensationalize the news

Dear Editor:I will admit up front that I no longer reside in the Roaring Fork Valley, but live in Steamboat Springs, where we too are experiencing growth issues concerning development, open space and affordable housing.I read the article published [in the April 27 Aspen Daily News] about last weekend’s community picnic. If I hadn’t known any of the participants involved in the supposed exchange of words, I would have thought it typical of a Rocky Mountain ski town community experiencing the angst between those that have and want and those that have not and want not. I have known Roger Hollowell since he was 14 years old and I have never known him to resort to name-calling or cursing. Roger is well known in the Aspen community and anyone who knows him will agree with me that the behavior the reporter described, second-hand I must add, is very much unlike Roger Hollowell. I have no doubt that he would have said, “Ain’t democracy grand,” but beyond that I think the reporter was sensationalizing the situation in a he said/she said effort to illustrate a very complex and emotional issue.Greg HugheySteamboat Springs

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