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It’s not the time for new art museum

Dear Editor:

At a time when residents of Aspen, the Roaring Fork Valley and the nation are struggling to make ends meet, to pay their mortgage or rent, to buy both food and medicine, and to keep a roof over their heads and pay for their children’s needs, it would be totally inappropriate for Aspen to approve a new art museum.

Furthermore, no amount of public or private funds should be allowed to purchase Aspen’s prime land at the community center behind the police station. Preserving the appearance of Main Street is sacred to the dwindling charm of Aspen. Aspenites are NOT hungry for an art museum, and Aspen does not need an art museum to attract visitors.

If a new art museum were to replace the current art museum some day, let it be placed on the east edge of town where it doesn’t create more traffic congestion in the center of town.

Paid by private funds or not, there are many improvements that would benefit Aspen more than a huge art museum, which is more appropriately placed in downtown Denver.

If Aspen were to approve a new art museum at this time, all the world would know Aspen thumbs its collective nose at those struggling to make ends meet, and it would be insensitive and shameful. Please do NOT approve a new art museum at this time.

Susan O’Neal


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