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Losing our charm

Dear Editor:With regard to the recent newspaper article about the Burlingame petitions that won’t be withdrawn, a vote of thanks goes to the hard work the opponents have done – Joe Edwards, Dwight Shellman, Junee Kirk and Bert Myrin. This issue is very important to many of us, especially since it is subsidized by taxpayers, including me. We should have a say in the matter of how much is built, especially the massive Burlingame housing, which will create major traffic congestion and forever change the charm of Aspen. It seems the main people who are trying to push this through are the developers, real estate people, construction companies, etc., who will be economically rewarded with this project.We do have some smaller housing projects that are acceptable, but it does not seem like we need this massive Burlingame project. I have lived in this area for more than 30 years and feel this is a very important issue to address. The petition regarding this controversial housing project is much needed.I also want to mention that many who live in these subsidized housing units rent out rooms and this is not fair to lodge owners. We want to stay in business and don’t need this kind of competition.Lastly, many of our guests, who have been coming to Aspen for years, are upset with the “uncontrolled growth” and the traffic problems. When it’s not a pleasure for them to come back, when the town becomes too much like a large city and loses its small-town charm, we will lose many of those valuable guests.Norma Dolle, ownerSnow Queen Bed & Breakfast Lodge

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