Good riddance |

Good riddance

Dear Editor:

The Great and Powerful Oz has spoken! Mr. Johnson, of Prescott, Ariz., has condemned the entire town of Basalt because of some offense he interpreted from a newspaper article (“We’re boycotting Basalt,” Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12, The Aspen Times). It must be nice to be able to pass judgment from afar.

Last month the building I had been living in for 15 years burned down. I can personally attest to the warm and caring nature of the people of Basalt. The outpouring of generosity and love from this community has been truly remarkable and overwhelming, to say the least. In fact, the entire Roaring Fork Valley has been so supportive that I can’t think of any place in the world I would rather live.

Johnson tells us that he will never visit Basalt again, like we should care. For my part, I say good riddance. Take your pompous intolerance to Snowmass, or better yet, just stay home. It is your loss, I assure you, not ours.

I’m sure I can come up with an equally flimsy excuse for not visiting your city. Knowing that people like you live there is certainly one that comes to mind.

Phill Gerdel


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