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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

Aspen


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