Funding for history is important |

Funding for history is important

Dear Editor:History is part of the fabric of Aspen, and the unique history of Aspen is one of the attributes that makes this a world-class resort and a great place to live. Aspen is different, in large part because of its past and the fact that so much has been saved. We are most fortunate to have the Aspen Historical Society working to protect our past, and to bring Aspen’s history alive.I am urging a yes vote on behalf of the Aspen Historical Society’s three ballot questions. The work the society does in maintaining facilities here in town and our two “ghost towns” is important – to our visitors, to our locals and to the children of our valley. The cost is minimal to each individual taxpayer, but the contribution to the finances of the historical society is essential. Clearly, even with the good management and belt-tightening that Director Georgia Hanson has brought to the organization, entry fees and contributions are not enough. This is an appropriate place for public funding, providing just that much more for our visitors in particular to see and experience. Tax funds already go for music, special events, activities and more. In towns all over the nation, museums are supported in part with tax funds. The historical society funding is another important place for public funds. Please, vote yes on 5D, E and F. Let’s keep Aspen’s history alive and available to us all!Warren KlugAspen Square Hotel general managerAspen

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