Letter was out of line
This is in response to Dieter Bibbig’s letter to the editor “Lose the buses,” Jan. 6, The Aspen Times).
We want to thank you for being so sensitive to the past two tragedies we have dealt with as a community this past year. You have no perspective in this regard as you, admittedly, have no regular experience using our valley’s alternative transportation options.
I wonder what could happen in a community as social as ours if suddenly drunk-driving alternatives were to be taken away. And as members of this city for more than 20 years, we can say with certainty that RFTA does not cater to an exclusively illegal populace. You have no bearing on what you are talking about, and this letter is nothing more than an excuse to put your thinly veiled racism on display.
We would like to apologize to the valley for this awful letter. It is not reflective of who we are as a people, town or valley. Furthermore, we’d like to emphasize that, if anything, funding toward RFTA should be increased. We should make it more affordable and easier to use for commuters in order to alleviate current traffic issues as well as environmental.
Tristan Mahaffey and Wes Graham
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