Goodbye Aspen, hello Breckenridge
Dear EditorI had to laugh reading the article “Finally – room to breathe” (June 1). The comments “if you deserve Aspen, you’ll make it” and “basically anyone who wants to make it in Aspen can,” caught my eye. Why? Because as I read them, I was surround by boxes, preparing to leave Aspen after fighting to stay here for 13 years.My wife, 1-year-old daughter and myself are relocating to Breckenridge this Monday. We are headed to Summit County, because for the second time in a year, we have no place to live that we can afford.I have been a lift op, a raft guide, managed two ski shops and much more. Not high-paying jobs, but jobs that must be done.This year the housing office has not been renewing leases if all household members do not have a Colorado ID. My daughter and myself are U.S. citizens, my wife, who is English, is in the process of getting her green card. We have filed, she’s been fingerprinted and are just waiting on our interview, which is scheduled in a month. After months of trying to get the housing office to meet with us to review our case, being treated like liars and criminals, then being told that we could probably get some extra time, they called, never having met with us face to face, and said sorry, you must go.Families need hope, they need and deserve a place to live, not “beating out 68 people in the … lottery.” I was offered two good jobs in Breck, I will be working for their rec department, and we easily found housing we could afford, in town.We are not mad, only sad. To those that cared and tried to help, thank you. To those who should have, but chose not to, shame on you. I guess we didn’t deserve Aspen, but Breck will have us.Bill FeestAspen
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“Because of the pandemic, I mean, it’s like, people are even more excited, — they’re like, ‘alright, give me five boxes instead of two,’” said Heather Merritt Gentry, the troop leader for Aspen Girl Scout Brownie Troop 15014.