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No respect

Dear Editor:

In reference to Monday’s front-page article, “Council looks to spring, not fall, for hydro vote,” it seems that the Aspen City Council and the Aspen Daily News have devised a new approach to local government. (The old-fashioned way – the way required by the Municipal Code – is so yesterday.)

The old-fashioned way requires that local matters are put on the council’s agenda, the agenda is published so interested parties are informed, a meeting is held where both the public and council members comment, and then the council decides. It presumes that council members keep an open mind while various viewpoints are presented.

The new approach, on the other hand, has the city attorney presenting a matter to council, followed by the mayor proclaiming his decision on the matter before any public comment or public discussion. The matter is then placed on the agenda for a future meeting, but before that meeting, the Aspen Daily News interviews the council members and determines their positions, publicly reporting those positions before a public meeting on the matter ever takes place.

So much for open minds and civic discourse. Such behavior is hardly what one expects from a respectable elected body.

Elizabeth Milias

Aspen


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