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Make your vote count: re-elect Ireland

Dear Editor:

Aspen succeeds as both a resort and a community because of the deeply held values which have guided our town and its leaders for decades. Values such as preserving our open spaces and protecting the natural environment, supporting a measured rate of growth to avoid over-development boom and bust cycles, caring for our residents’ day-to-day needs through recreation programs, senior services, quality childcare and schools, mitigating traffic impacts through mass transit options, and addressing the need for a local workforce and a sustained core of permanent residents via our affordable housing programs.

Because of these values, the very foundation for our sense of community and common purpose, our incredible quality of life and our desirability as a destination resort, we have weathered the most severe national economic downturn of the last 80 years in good stead and have seen a more rapid recovery than many other major resorts.

There are some who have always cried out that they do not share these values, or that they would like to enjoy the benefits derived from difficult past decisions based on these values- without having to acknowledge the foresight, sacrifice, hard work and leadership that have lead to our many successes.

A test of our community vision and will is once again at hand with the May 3 city of Aspen elections.

I am voting for Mick Ireland for mayor because he doesn’t parrot words like “environmental protection” – he lives it. Mick doesn’t take our childcare programs for granted; he stood to help secure funding for them decades into the future. Mick doesn’t cast about or cast off his values because of difficult times – he stands steady and sure that Aspen’s continued success will come from sustaining and building upon our roots as a real town, as a ski town, as a home to great arts and culture, as a caring and deliberate community that sticks to its values. And I believe that is the type of leadership we need now more than ever.

Remember the Red Brick Center that was only saved by three votes, because your one vote in this spring election may make all the difference in Aspen’s future. Thank you.

Rachel E. Richards

Aspen


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