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Hardly apathetic

Dear Editor:

While I am somewhat disappointed that The Aspen Times has not endorsed my candidacy for Basalt Town Council, I am extremely disappointed with you for skewing my inability to appear at the Town Council forum as apathy. I had the exact same reason to not attend as did Karen Teague: I was away with my family on Spring Break.

My travel plans were made more than nine months ago and couldn’t be changed, which is what I told Heather from the Basalt Chamber, (Times reporter) Scott Condon, as well as Pam Schilling at Basalt Town Hall. I did as much as I could beforehand: I provided written responses to the questions to be distributed at the forum (these answers have also been posted on my website: http://www.mary4basalt.com), I responded to the Times questions (although an e-mail address miscommunication on the part of The Aspen Times gave me less than four hours to do so) as well as trying to get out and speak to as many people as I could while trying to pack for a family of four.

When it comes to Town Council and the direction the town of Basalt must take in the future, I am anything but apathetic. I firmly believe that we need to embrace our most vibrant and motivated resources: our families, our small businesses, and our natural setting. While that may not be clear enough for The Aspen Times, I am hopeful it is clear to the citizens of Basalt.

Mary Holley


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