Look in the mirror of history | AspenTimes.com

Look in the mirror of history

Dear Editor:Aspen, unlike most resort towns, has a fascinating history, which makes our town unique. Our historical archives and their dedicated custodians are a valuable resource.When we look in the mirror of Aspen history, we see a fascinating chain of events and cast of characters. If we look closely we can learn from others who were here before. It might help us when we elect leaders and debate contemporary issues, from growth control to employee housing and resource use.In contrast to the temporal nature of many popular fund-raising causes, AHS is here for the long term and needs a stable foundation. We should be able to count on a funding base to help the facility subsist and keep the doors open. The AHS is not a special interest. They are preserving the rich history of Aspen that belongs to all of us.When you go to vote, please keep the following in mind:1. The director and staff are capable of running on a modest budget. In recent years they have demonstrated their frugality, and it is time for Aspen citizens to support them.2. The board has no illusion of opulence. They are local citizens committed to preserving Aspen’s rich historical treasure and making it available to the public.3. The community has been guaranteed oversight of finances. Operations will be transparent, and the staff will answer to the community.4. If we do not support AHS now, we stand to lose a great cultural resource. Let’s ensure that they are not forced to sell off assets or let our town’s history turn to dust.Please support the Aspen Historical Society tax district.Greg PoschmanAspen