Our wishes for 2008
It’s that time of the year when we resolve to make our lives better, whether it involves becoming more involved in the community, paying off our credit cards, becoming healthier, or just saying no to polyester.
In keeping with the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, we’re tossing up 10 things we’d like to see in 2008. We realize some of these may be a bit far-fetched, but at least we’ll be on record.
So without further ado, here’s our top 10 wishes for 2008, offered in no particular order.
1. Aspen Police Department “Nobody’s perfect, but we’d like to see the APD get through 2008 without any major scandals or highly questionable decisions like the ones that hung over the cop shop for the last two years. That means refraining from using a stun-guns on homeless people digging through the bin behind The Thrift Shop, among other things.
2. Mick Ireland ” Bring back the high-water khakis, mayor. We know you’re not the fashionable type, but it’s hard to take a mayor too seriously when he’s wearing tights at City Council meetings and managing a $100 million budget. Then again, the last thing we need at council meetings is more seriousness …
3. Aspen City Council ” Say yes to at least one project that’s not out of code or out of character. How about a new entrance to Aspen?
4. Steve Campbell ” Please remove all of us at The Aspen Times from your e-mail list. We’re pretty clear where you stand on things.
5. Tourists and vacation home owners ” Look both ways before crossing the street, don’t double park, don’t wear fur on your feet, and if you own a home here, then try to have people enjoy it more than two months out of 12.
6. Pitkin Board of County Commissioners ” Try to do something newsworthy in 2008.
7. Pat Smith, Ron Garfield, Andy Hecht and Joshua Saslove ” Go one month without buying another piece of property in Pitkin County. On second thought, who are we kidding?
8. Aspen Chamber Resort Association ” Come up with event slogans that reflect the sentiments of the town. The “Some Like it Hot” slogan for Wintersköl seems wee bit out of place, mainly because this is a winter festival in a ski town and there’s that thorny little issue called global warming.
9. Hotel Jerome ” Try to have more than one server on staff during lunch hour, especially during the high season.
10. The Aspen Times ” Deliver our newspapers to the racks in a timely, consistent manner for five straight days in 2008. (Really, we’ll do our best.)
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