Poll: Keep Electoral College | AspenTimes.com

Poll: Keep Electoral College

Aspen Times Staff Report

It may still be weeks before we know who our next president will be, but our readers will apparently be satisfied with whomever the Electoral College selects as the winner.

Though the outcome is still anything but sure, there is the possibility that the Electoral College’s votes will fall in favor of George W. Bush, while the nation’s popular vote will come down on Al Gore’s side.

So this week, during our Aspen Times Readers Poll, we asked people whether they believe the Electoral College should be abolished. Though we didn’t have a huge number of responses, people came down solidly on the side of the Electoral College, with 34 people voting to keep it and 25 saying it should be discontinued.

This week we move from an historic election to history right here in our own town. The city of Aspen has been considering adding 26 buildings and homes to its inventory of historic buildings that were constructed after World War II as examples of architecture that symbolize Aspen’s birth as a ski town.

There has been plenty of controversy over whether those properties are worthy of preservation, and the City Council enacted a moratorium on destruction of those properties until a final decision can be made. The moratorium recently expired, but the council voted not to extend the moratorium while debate continues over which buildings to preserve.

As a result, some of the property owners have applied for demolition permits, fearful that they could lose future development rights if their sites are listed as historic.

So this week we ask: Should the City Council have let the moratorium on demolition expire?

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