Onward toward mediocrity | AspenTimes.com

Onward toward mediocrity

Dear Editor:Having chaired the “character (messy vitality) committee” of the Aspen area community plan years ago, it is sad to see its findings so trampled by an unimpeded bureaucratic lust for growth.So many misjudgments circle the Burlingame Bloat annexation/project:The worst – that our “special” town of highly educated interesting souls will be more so after creeping socialism has responded merely to selfish demands, not to community character building.That “new employees” will become available for non-government work. Burlingame’s new residents will demand their own growth in teachers, bureaucrats, etc. The net gain to the present community will be 0.0 percent! The project is a mediocre bloat, and out of character with what makes our town special.That purchased employee housing is somehow very different than renting. I can’t see much difference, for building equity is forbidden in the interest of price-control.That increases in the size of our government is desired by us civilians. I am saddened by the gradual alienation of our bureaucrats as they become a separate, huge, self-sufficient culture.That building an indebted voting bloc is not a hidden agenda.That various forms of corruption will not occur on such a gigantic giveaway. We see many scandalous arrangements already.That “walk-to-work upgraders” who presently live in town moving up to Burlingame will reduce the auto overload. They will actually increase it!That a hyper-expensive bus service will make sense to Burlingame’s California Car-Culture. Burlingamers will only ride a bus if the town’s car traffic is made intolerable by their own new crowdings.That the victims of this Robin Hood grab are only evil absentee second-home owners, not locals. Actually, if you own your own free home, when you sell it, you will pay the tax that Burlingame’s subsidy is based on.Please vote for candidates that want creative controls. They are the key to stemming the tide to mediocrity.And, please vote against further open-space annexation at Burlingame.Nick DeWolfAspen

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