No celebrity advantage
October 13, 2005
Dear Editor: From my San Francisco Bay area visiting anchorage in the East Bay in Oakland, Calif., and down the peninsula into Burlingame and Redwood City, I am still surprised about the yahoos’ continued complaints and whines about seemingly perennial Aspen public office seeker and Aspen television talk show host/producer Mr. Andrew Kole’s celebrity advantage of his continued appearances on his community access television program aired on GrassRoots TV whenever he campaigns for public office. This time Mr. Kole runs for an Aspen school board seat with the jackal howls of unfair advantage echoing from mountaintop to mountaintop. People appearing as regular hosts/hostesses or regular guests on community access television and public access television are allowed simultaneously to regularly appear and run for public office, unlike the rules governing regular television and cable television. Let’s look at Mr. Kole’s election losses to admit his television program gave him no celebrity advantage at the polls or significant influence to near win an election.Aspen and Snowmass Village political yahoos, air your own television programs on community access television and/or public access television to erase this red herring from the electorate’s mind.And as an afterthought, the California cities of Oakland and Burlingame have future possibilities a business owner or executive with business acumen should note and take advantage of in the near future.Oakland’s nonelected officials, like Oakland city clerk Ms. LaTonda Simmons, and the people of Oakland show great thoughtfulness and fabulous good manners toward visitors, tourists and traveling business executives which make one feel good and look forward to returning to. Ditto for Burlingame city clerk and the Burlingame population.As for the huge construction project in Snowmass Village, I am perplexed the Snowmass Village upper-middle-income and upper-income residents never bought Intrawest stock to take their battle, even for downsizing the project, to Intrawest’s annual stockholders meetings. What about it, folks? What do you think? The game ain’t over yet, is it?Emzy Veazy III, Esq.Burbank, Calif.