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Political wisdom

Dear Editor:The Burlingame debate, like the Energizer bunny, just keeps going and going. On the one side, some of our “leaders” seem intent on force-feeding Aspen citizens the logic that “we already voted on the thing, so swallow your medicine. Can’t we just forget about this petition stuff?” On the flip side, a group of local activists remind us that the governmental abuses and shortcuts that led us down the Burlingame road were “more irregular than a spinster without her laxatives.”Accordingly, I think it’s a good time to reflect on some time-tested political wisdom. President Woodrow Wilson observed that, “Initiatives are intended to restore, not destroy, representative government.” He continued, “In order to clean house the one thing we need is a good broom. Initiatives and referendums are good brooms.” An even more astute political observer, Bob Dylan, gave further sound advice: “Don’t follow leaders.”Jerry BovinoAspen

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