Misdirected funds | AspenTimes.com

Misdirected funds

Dear Editor:

Re: Paul Andersen’s column, “According to a recent news report, $4 million in taxpayer money is being funneled into Aspen to ‘provide a smoother place for private jets to park.'”

This is a spectacular waste of taxpayer resources, during the worst economic downturn that I’ve experienced in my lifetime.

I suggest you redirect these resources in the form of grants to small, locally owned Aspen businesses which are struggling to keep their doors open. For $4 million, 16 Aspen businesses could receive $250,000 each, which would allow them to weather these challenging times and perhaps even hire someone who is currently out of work. These grants could also aid businesses in hiring other valley services such as advertising, marketing, retooling product for the new economic reality, etc. Or, 32 businesses could be helped by grants of $125,000 each.

Locally owned businesses are closing their doors every day. Valley residents are losing their jobs. Four million dollars could help save so many of us and keep Aspen alive and vibrant during these challenging times.

Karen Mitchell


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User