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Lighten up on political floats

Dear Editor:

Freedom of speech is still alive and well in Aspen and has been for a long time. I read with great interest the letter that wants the City Council to restrict what can be in the parades. I can only assume that the person writing the letter has not seen many of our parades. Aspen has had a long and proud history of political statements and irreverent floats. I think one of my personal favorites was the Holland House float during the oil embargo in the ’80s, where the lodge guests were dressed in traditional Arab robes and they were pulling and pushing an out-of-gas Cadillac through the parade. The limo with G.W. and L. Bush impersonators surrounded with Secret Service-like men, who had the job of picking up the drunken twins every time they fell down with their bottles, was another memorable one.

Could the cause of the anger have anything to do with the fact that the “other candidate” couldn’t find more than a pickup truck full of people to show up? American tradition has always included politicians in parades, so lighten up and enjoy the freedom our country has had for generations, since the Revolutionary War.

Marcia L. Goshorn

Aspen


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