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Only the mayor’s opinion matters

Dear Editor:

The hypocrisy of the self-righteous is an eternally amusing thing. Our mayor is outraged that some group of “outsiders” sent a mailer to Aspen residents last week criticizing Castle Creek hydro. He doesn’t seem alarmed by the project’s costs or its environmental impacts, but this intrusion by “outsiders” cannot be tolerated.

I don’t know who sent the mailer around, but let’s assume it is a person or group of people living outside the city of Aspen. Why wouldn’t people residing elsewhere have a legitimate interest in this project? It affects streams and rivers that extend far beyond the city of Aspen. And the city has used an aggressive, and perhaps illegal, process to avoid or shortcut approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If the city of Aspen can get away with that, other cities will try it, affecting people nationwide.

The mayor likes this project because he says it will allow some coal-fired electric production to be reduced. OK. Where does that happen? In Nebraska, Idaho, Texas? Where does the coal come from? West Virginia? Do the residents of Nebraska, Idaho, Texas and West Virginia think the city of Aspen is a bunch of “outsiders” manipulating their economies?

It is OK for the self-righteous of Aspen to tell the rest of the country how to run its business. Just don’t come here and express your opinion. Only one opinion is allowed in Aspen – our mayor’s.

Maurice Emmer

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