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Giving the people what they want

Dear Editor:The questions being posed to the candidates for Aspen mayor and city council seem to be missing the point. As elected representatives, their job should be to carry out the will of the people.The current city council saw fit to block a petition drive which could have resolved the entrance issue last November. The gist of the proposal is:”Shall the State of Colorado, Department of Transportation be authorized to construct, operate and maintain a four-lane highway configuration consisting of two general highway lanes and two vehicle and/or transit lanes (HOV) with a cut-and-cover tunnel, and a transit envelope next to the highway lanes, on property conveyed to CDOT by the city of Aspen, including the Marolt property?”A second proposal would be the same, but without the cut-and-cover tunnel. The reference to a “transit envelope” is meant to reassure light rail supporters that the new construction could accommodate the addition of rail if community support and financing ever make that possible.Either of these proposed petitions could come before city voters in a matter of days, depending on the decision of the district court which is currently reviewing the city’s denial.Here is the question that should be addressed to candidates for council:”If the voters of Aspen approve a new four-lane entrance through the Marolt property, with lanes managed exactly like the current highway between Basalt and Buttermilk, and including additional space for light rail, will you work diligently to make sure it gets built?”If any candidates would like to answer that question directly, they can go to and bring up an e-mail form by clicking on the “Contribute Time” link.Jeffrey EvansBasalt

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