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More on the Lenado saga

Dear Editor:

In response to James Wingers’ letter in the Aspen Daily News regarding parking for snowmobiles in Lenado:

My deepest intention is to support the creation of a consensual process, whereby all options for snowmobile access and parking are thoroughly investigated with members of the community, county and caucus bodies, residents of Lenado and visiting snowmobilers, working toward the best solutions for all. My comments in the paper were directed at the Pitkin County commissioners, who made a very swift decision about parking in Lenado; a decision which went against their own Planning and Zoning commission, the Woody Creek Caucus and all public comment made during that meeting a few weeks back.

James, I honor your right to snowmobile in the White River National Forest. I just request better research on your part before slandering anyone in the public forum. I don’t, nor have I ever, owned a jet. My nonprofit business, True Nature Healing Arts, is located in Carbondale and requires no air travel. I don’t own a mining claim but rather 6 acres of property with mineral rights purchased from Lumber Jack. While I do spend time in Carbondale for work and family, I consider Lenado my home and will be spending much more time there once construction is finished.

I have no problem with immigrants living and working in Carbondale; they are some of the finest people I know. Finally, my comments about 2-stroke snowmobile engine pollution did not come from Sloan but Discover Magazine, May 2008.

Branden Cohen

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