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Dear Editor:What in the name of Bil Dunaway explains your recent failure – and failure it was – to take sides in the just-concluded presidential hostilities?It can’t be that this election was not transcendental in its importance, even in the rarefied ski valleys of Colorado. It can’t be that you were groveling before the dictates of your new corporate bosses, however onerous those may be, since your sibling papers in Glenwood Springs and Vail summoned the mettle to endorse, respectively and on opposite sides of the electoral divide, Kerry and Bush.It can’t be that The Aspen Times lacks a tradition of making strong editorial stands or by custom has declined to offer an endorsement for president. And it certainly can’t be that the Times has historically turned a blind eye to abuses by the powerful, and especially not the sort of manifold abuses the incumbent administration has committed with gross impunity over the last four years.I’ve had to turn to your crosstown rival newspaper, the Aspen Daily News, to discover that it’s the Times’ policy not to shed any light whatever on the editorial process that resulted in your nonendorsement. Why? The increasingly left-of-center Denver Post surprised and angered its readership by endorsing Bush. The Post responded by running an explanation of its endorsement process. It wasn’t a very satisfactory explanation, it was perhaps not even a very honest explanation, but it was at least an explanation.It’s said that in a democracy citizens get the government they deserve. Well, you do.David ChamberlainChicago


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