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Long into the future

Dear Editor:Vote YES vote on 5D, 5E, and 5F!As president of the current board of the Aspen Historical Society, I want our community to know that the board of 14 trustees is totally committed to establishing a solid foundation for the society, which will allow it to continue long into the future.This board reflects the diversity of our community with long-timers and newcomers, the young and the old, history buffs and students, lawyers, merchants, restaurateurs, hoteliers and Realtors, ordinary people who cherish the Roaring Fork Valley and its wonderful history.We have spent over a year in an attempt to seek a balanced income stream for the historical society, which would offer a stable source of funds, combining public and private funding to avoid the ebb and flow of funds that we have experienced in the past. A key part of this planning is the establishment of a special tax district. This will create a solid base for our work, allowing the board to concentrate on establishing and maintaining outside funding, and our staff to function more efficiently in order to provide greater earned income by enchancing programing, events and exhibits. The next step in this very exciting journey will be to engage each and every one of you in a community based strategic planning process which will begin shortly after the November vote. This process will create a master plan for the future, which will reflect the interests, diversity, and needs of a thriving and vital community. Again, PLEASE vote on Nov. 1 and be sure to vote YES on 5D, 5E, and 5F!Jackie KasabachPresident, Aspen Historical Society