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Dear Editor:

The Aspen Democracy Initiative hosted a very successful “democracy dialogue” with members of our local media last Wednesday at BB’s Kitchen.

The room was full of community members, especially younger folks, who engaged in a great conversation with Curtis Wackerle (Daily News), Ryan Slabaugh (The Aspen Times) and Luke Runyon (Aspen Public Radio) about how our local media influence, shape and report on issues of local importance.



A warm thank-you to the panelists and to Steven Wickes of the Aspen Community Foundation, all of whom volunteered their time in support of encouraging younger members of our community to get engaged civically.

We hope your readers will join Aspen Democracy Initiative for tonight’s democracy dialogue, from 6 to 8 at BB’s – a conversation about how an Aspen nonprofit is promoting anti-terrorism and American security goals by building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.



In particular, we encourage younger members of our community to engage in public-policy issues such as this one and in doing so to be part of the discussions that will shape their futures.

Jill Teehan, Alison Friedman and Riley Tippet

Aspen Democracy Initiative


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