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Kindergarten charge not a big deal

Dear Editor:

I have heard a lot of outrage lately by local residents that the Aspen School District will be charging tuition for kindergarten. I know this is a burden for some families, but as a person who recently relocated from another area perhaps I can give them some perspective. We moved from San Francisco where our child attended a private school which charged $10,000 per year for kindergarten (later grades cost more).

In San Francisco, the public schools are bad, you would do just about anything to get your child into a private school. Our greatest concern in moving here was the quality of the schools. After visiting several private schools and the public school, we determined that the public school had the most to offer our child educationally and in extracurricular activities. We were totally surprised by this; we had fully intended to prefer the private schools as our child had attended a fabulous private school in San Francisco.

Aspen parents, you have a first-rate school system here. If you as a parent are willing to put in some effort, and your child is an active participant, the education is there for them. I urge the kindergarten parents to have their child attend a full day of school. Kindergarten is really important now; they learn to read in kindergarten. It’s not like

when you were in school; it is really important for their school career.

Remember this is the only year you will be paying any tuition, the rest of their school years will be tuition-free in a great school.

Geraldine Whitman

Aspen

Emulating Vail?

Dear Editor:

I never thought I’d see the day when we would have to go to Vail to figure out what to do in Aspen.

Mark Twain once said, “an expert witness is someone from out of town.” Well, we didn’t even know we had that big of a problem with turf until we hired someone from Colorado Springs to tell us we did. The next time you drive through Vail, take a close overall look. Is that what we want? They don’t even have a Main Street; where’s their visitors center?

Please, let’s make do with what we have and share the parks with the dogs, the gum chewers, the picnickers, the sunflower-seed spitters and any one else who wants to enjoy something on the natch.

Now, let’s get down to the real needs of Aspen: When I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but noticing the fake bricks in the mall. Oh, never mind …

Don Dixon

Aspen

Taking notice of Rippy

Dear Editor:

Thank you for the editorial about Gregg Rippy in the April 16, 2004 edition [of The Aspen Times Daily]!

I live in Glenwood but I was so glad when I learned that Aspen and Pitkin County became a part of Rippy’s jurisdiction last year. I thought, we now have people that will take notice to the things that Rippy does!

Look at Gregg Rippy’s record and you will find that Rippy plays classic Good-Ole-Boy politics. He looks out for his and his cronies’ best interests, and outside Pitkin County it seems as though no one really notices that.

Remember the “Shoddy Work” bill last year that would have protected builders from being sued for faulty building? That was Rippy.

When you are driving to Glenwood take a look at Rippy’s private-airplane hangar project that he built with his buddies behind the Park East subdivision.

This is not a city project, this is a private Rippy enterprise on city property.

How does that happen? Well it’s obvious now how this could happen. The hangars were a last-ditch effort by Rippy and his cronies to keep the airport open for themselves. I always thought there must be another reason that the Glenwood Springs City Council gave it to him on a silver platter. Not only are the buildings huge and ugly, but the city gave him terms in the lease that are beyond generous to Rippy and are very disturbing.

The airport was supposed to close if and when the South bridge goes in because the road will cut across the south of the airport. Rippy and his airport cronies want to spend millions to build a tunnel under the airport if the bridge is built so they can keep the airport open.

Now I see the connection. Giving Rippy the OK to build his huge ugly hangars so close to all of the nice homes was about getting millions for the South bridge project for the city of Glenwood Springs.

The issue the city is using to help get the money, about everyone getting stuck on the Sunlight bridge during the fires, is true. I live there and it was the only way out.

What is scarier than that is this whole Good-Ole-Boy network that seems to involve the City Council in Glenwood Springs.

Rippy was re-elected last year when he ran on the platform: “I care about the people of the Western Slope.” Well that’s kind of true but the group of people that he cares about is a lot smaller than one might think.

The Entz issue is a classic example of what Gregg Rippy does best. Now he is playing with the Good-Ole-Boys in your back yard.

Next time he should just be frank and run on the platform: “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.”

Over time the truth eventually comes out.

We just hope we can keep up with him before too much damage is done.

Thanks again for noticing.

Ron Lloyd

Park East

Glenwood Springs


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