Mayor Ireland’s time has run out
Voters, don’t ever make the mistake of thinking the mayor is just one vote. A strong mayor sets the agenda and controls the tone and tenor of a community. A strong mayor nurtures and creates vision.
I loved the Stacy Standley years. He was cool, hip and embodied Aspen’s image as sexy and enterprising. Bill Stirling was liberal, knew all our names and made us feel important when we came to council. John Bennett was the entrepreneur who believed in Aspen’s greatness. He invited us to participate in forwarding that greatness … sometimes I imagine, to his frustration.
And under these strong mayors, Aspen had a clear vision of self and we all felt part of the mission.
Mayor Mick Ireland has got the liberal thing down, but he never got the concept of making anyone else feel important.
Mayor Ireland includes everyone in months of discussion and gut wrenching decisions, then ignores our recommendation.
Mayor Mick thinks he is cool by using taxpayer money to fund a bike race that won’t bring any jobs or business into town. The beds are donated so no money there. And special events always do their own catering so restaurants won’t see business. He doesn’t really get how enterprise and the entrepreneurial work.
These great mayors never stayed in politics longer than six years. Mick Ireland has been in office for almost 20 years and it shows. In Thursday’s newspaper, Colorado’s premier demographer described shifting trends and Mayor Ireland told him, he is wrong. And that is why Mick Ireland must be replaced. He will not believe that anything has changed in 20 years and thinks he is the only person who knows what’s best for Aspen.
We need a strong mayor and council to help us regain our center. Ruth Kruger is our best choice for mayor. Adam Frisch and Scott Writer are needed on council. And we need Andrew Kole somehow, someway, because he has become an intelligent and witty voice for Aspen.
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