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No need to expand airport

(This letter to the editor was originally e-mailed to both The Burbank Leader and the (Glendale) News-Press newspapers in Burbank and Glendale, Calif., in Los Angeles County.)

To my friends in Burbank and Glendale who are deeply concerned about what happens at the Burbank Airport now and in the future, it seems Providence has placed me in Aspen to be a vanguard to continue to stand tall within your noble cause about increased future air traffic into your area by others who have no considerations toward you and your quality of life issues.

There are many private jets making round trips from the Burbank Airport to the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado. And just as you are troubled by the air traffic noise and environmental pollution, so are many folks who live in the Woody Creek area near Aspen.

The political establishment in Aspen and Pitkin County promote a large airport in several dimensions to increase air traffic. One of the major airport hubs for Aspen’s air traffic is the Burbank Airport.

Aspen has a municipal election this May 6 for mayor and two city council seats. All 10 present remaining candidates favor an enlarged Aspen/Pitkin County Airport that will have negative impacts upon both Burbank and Glendale, and if carried out if there is no consideration for how their airport expansion goals badly affect others in other places.

At Aspen City Council and Pitkin County Commissioners (supervisors) meetings, I shall press for your dearest consideration, and if need be I shall call upon your good graces to support my efforts for you in Burbank and Glendale, but also in Aspen, Pitkin County and Denver.

Aspen and Colorado cannot take the bad publicity that will badly affect their tourist industries and reputations, for much of Colorado is in very bad economic straits with budget cuts and losing its pull of being fashionable and a hip place to visit. Revenues are down and vanishing.

There is no real need for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to expand except for idocracy and greed among controlling interests, like the monopolistic Aspen Skiing Co., to increase air traffic into and out of Burbank Airport with noisy private and corporate jets to line their pockets and pay a large number of foreign workers while there is high unemployment in the Aspen area and most parts of Colorado.

I remain your friend and ally, for I continue to look out for your interests as I make new many friends in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley and politick for a better, happier and richer future for all of us.

Emzy Veazy III

Glenwood Springs


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