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Hopes for Explore

Dear Editor:I must admit that I was taken aback when I read Paul Kuzniar’s letter to the editor (Sept. 20) concerning Explore Booksellers. While I’m flattered that Paul thinks so highly of my abilities as a bookstore owner/manager, I’m a former resident of Aspen and employee of Explore. I certainly do not share Paul’s condescending and confrontational attitude about Aspen, nor his assumption that the people of Aspen should be bullied into saving their bookstore. That decision lies on the shoulders of the townspeople to save/preserve an Aspen institution on their own.Aspen and Vail are both first-class resorts and I’ve been fortunate enough to live in both. I gained invaluable experience from Katharine Thalberg and the years that I spent at Explore. I remain friends with her family … and was very appreciative of the support Bill Stirling has given to me to keep Verbatim Booksellers in Vail going. I feel very lucky that so many Vail residents and second-home owners valued the bookstore enough to help me get it back on its feet in a new and much better location.I sincerely hope that Explore can be saved because, like Verbatim, it’s a tremendous asset to the community.Robert H. Aikens owner, Verbatim BooksellersVail

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