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False claims fuel fear

Dear Editor:

Owen Minney’s letter to the editor about the impacts of the Aspen airport’s runway extension is typical of the uninformed fear mongers in Aspen (“Runway extension bad for Aspen,” Jan. 17, 2011, The Aspen Times).

An easy example of his disingenuousness is the claim the Al Gore’s private 737G jet flies 6,000 hours a year. I suspect Mr. Minney either pulled this number out of thin air or his backside. Considering that there are only 8,760 hours in a year, I doubt that Mr. Gore spends 17 hours in his jet every day of the year. This would leave very little time for the 10 other jets that Mr. Minney claims that Mr. Gore owns.



Actually, Mr. Gore owns zero jets. Mr. Minney appears to randomly fabricate data, much like his claims that airplanes and a runway extension will cause cancer and kill wildflowers. My recommendation to Mr. Minney is that he fashion a chapeau made of tinfoil to keep the voices from talking to him and report back to the Citizen Against Virtually Everything (CAVE).

Shame on The Aspen Times for not fact-checking any of Mr. Minney’s wild claims.




Jim Henderson

Basalt


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