July 2, 2002
Tom Farrell must feel very unappreciated and rejected. I did not agree with the huge new school additions, feeling that monies would be better spent on quality education. Sure enough, the school board was back in a year or so for money for teachers and education.
So Tom and his board got both. Like the good results in building the roundabout over objections, the school improvements may well be good and proper. Tom may well be a hero.
In a much less significant way, a group is trying to railroad me into an unnamed, assisted living facility in cahoots with the very controversial Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority (a very bureaucratic institution without integrity or compassion).
First, they claimed I was feeble and unable to care for myself. Veteran’s Medical Center in Grand Junction refuted this dishonest claim completely. Then they claimed I destroyed a unit I lived in for nine years, on which they did no maintenance or upkeep for the nine years. There was “fair wear and tear” which could be expected by such neglect on their part.
Finally, they claim that the new unit I have occupied for one year is not in good shape. This is nothing but a lie. Such recently passed inspection, with one minor exception I am responsible for, by the housing authority itself (by a very nice, impartial lady).
I have been in Aspen and the valley for over 35 years – reared eight great kids; was a lead salesman in the early days of Snowmass, also forming their property management operation with 200 units; was a general manager of Aspen Square; Vail manager and public relations director for Holy Cross; and a real estate broker for 40 years.
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I served as a director and committee chairman for the old Aspen Chamber Visitor’s Bureau, two terms on the Commercial Core and Lodging Commission, as a committee member on the first Aspen Area Community Plan, ran for City Council twice, and served as a volunteer at the Aspen Music Festival for 20 years, among other activities.
I have always loved Aspen and tried to serve her well.
At 72, I am being harassed and subjected to rude treatment. I do not deserve such. If my comments in letters to the editor insult some of Aspen’s power brokers, it is simply tough.
I try very hard to be fair and make comment only for what I deem to be in the best interest of wonderful Aspen. I will not give up my right to free speech.
I would hate awfully to have to go to court for a violation of my civil rights. All this is so unnecessary!
Several prominent citizens have backed me so far. All I want is a new two-year lease – nothing else. I am to be kicked out on July 31.