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It takes people to make a village

Dear Editor:In all the discussions of Burlingame, let’s not forget that a community needs people. It needs people who live there, work there, volunteer their time and efforts there, and take part in the commerce, activities and institutions of the community. The Burlingame project is designed to provide much-needed housing for the people of Aspen who are part of the community but cannot afford to purchase the multimillion dollar homes that are on the free market. The Aspen community has long recognized the goal of providing affordable housing so that people can continue to live here. Numerous votes and surveys have confirmed Aspen’s goal of providing affordable housing. The Burlingame project is designed to help keep local people here, and to provide good affordable housing to both families and individuals alike. The project cannot go elsewhere, and other much smaller projects suggested for other sites will not provide the quality, family housing that Burlingame offers – and at a reasonable cost.Aspen’s foresight in providing for affordable housing years ago has paid off handsomely. We do have people who work and live in Aspen, and they are important contributors to our community. They are employees and retired, school teachers, fire and police people, city and county government personnel, hospitality industry managers and staff, and they are small business operators. We do want people like this in our community and we need to see that there is affordable housing available to keep them here.Burlingame will help make that happen. For our community’s future, vote “yes” on Burlingame May 3.Warren KlugAspen

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