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Infamous? Hardly

Dear Editor: Catherine Lutz’s article about Roy Vroom in the March 7 issue of The Aspen Times contained the following: “… it was during Pitkin County’s infamous growth control heyday.” Catherine Lutz (and, by extension, your newspaper) may not favor the managed-growth approach to land use that Joe Edwards and Dwight Shellman endorsed. That is your privilege. However, the use of the word “infamous” is inappropriate. Definitions of “infamous” (Webster’s Second College Edition): 1. having a very bad reputation; notorious; in disgrace or dishonor; 2. causing or deserving a bad reputation; scandalous; outrageous; 3. Law: a) punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary; said of certain crimes, usually felonies; b) guilty of such a crime – SYN – see vicious.Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition): 1. having a reputation of the worst kind; 2. causing or bringing infamy; disgraceful; 3. convicted of an offense bringing infamy.Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus: Syn: ill-famed, notorious, opprobrious; Syn 2: vicious, corrupt, degenerate, flagitious, miscreant, nefarious, perverse, rotten, unhealthy, villainous.Joe Edwards and Dwight Shellman were elected legally. Controlled growth is still part of the philosophy of the Aspen Area Community Plan, as well as the Pitkin County and City of Aspen land-use codes. Thank you for your attention.Jasmine TygreAspen


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