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Local chamber should split from U.S. chamber

Dear Editor:

Guest columnist Micah Parkin (“It’s time for ACRA to take a stand,” Feb. 25, The Aspen Times) said just what I’ve been thinking lately what with the barrage of television ads asking us to support Republican Mike Coffman’s efforts to repeal Obamacare – “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has paid for this message.” The U.S. chamber is running these ads everywhere across the nation.

The odd thing about it is that Obamacare would be a boon to U.S. industry by removing much of the burden of health care from the cost of doing business.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce clearly represents the most conservative elements of the Republican Party and is virulently politically partisan. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association should have the backbone to stand up and join former members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce by immediately severing ties with that organization.

Short of that, ACRA should tell its membership and the Aspen community at large why it should remain one of the national organization’s silent minions.

Jon Busch

Aspen


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