Food for bears, not death
Dear Editor:I sympathize with Kevin Wright’s anguish over having to kill hungry bears. However, as a recent resident, I must say that I don’t get it. The solution seems so obvious – feed the bears.In years of scarce ursine food supplies, why not drop a couple hundred bags of Purina bear chow in the backcountry? Is there some concern that the bears will learn to associate food with helicopters? That’s probably a manageable problem. In years like this one, it seems we have a choice. Feed the bears where we want them to stay … or kill them in town. Seems like a pretty easy choice. How hard could it be in a place like Aspen to raise enough money to be able to deal with this situation when it occurs every few years? I’m sure that there is no shortage of reasons why this can’t be done or shouldn’t be done. Fair enough. Don’t feed the bears. Kill them.Anthony BattagliaAspen
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Current Basalt officials say the town government has violated the Colorado Taxpayers’ Bill of Right by increasing the property tax mill levy over the prior years 10 times since the mid-2000s. Two former mayors contend the mill levy could be adjusted in any given year as long as it didn’t exceed the mill levy in 1994. It’s a $2 million question.