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Poor loser?

Dear Editor:Aspen politics have stooped to a new low! It was odd when Terry Paulson and Bert Myrin ran for mayor as a team and split the conservative vote. Now Bert’s actions display that of a very poor loser. Since when is it a crime to be between education and license? During my time on the Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission with both Jack Johnson and Bert Myrin, there where many times they were on the same side of the issue. I have found Jack in every occasion to be very well studied and thoughtful on each and every project. He is a self-professed “strict constructionist” and follows the rules set by City Council even in the event he may not agree. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jack Johnson and his strength of conviction toward preserving the character while boosting the vitality of Aspen. During every application put forth to the P&Z, he has brought a fair and balanced perspective to the process. I have found Bert, as a rule, to be a reasonable man. One must examine his motives for this smear campaign. Has he become bitter since he was fired from the Planning and Zoning Commission? Does he support Jack’s opponent, Dee Malone? It is obvious that his actions are politically motivated. Is it that he can find no clear platform to support for his candidate?I believe there should be a requirement for every candidate for council to have first served on a board or commission. It gives great civic training for the process and a depth of understanding of how the city of Aspen, the staff and the home rule system operate. With no idea how the process works and what the many issues of council’s responsibilities are, how do you expect to be an effective leader? Good luck, Jack. I know you to be an honest and fair gentleman and wish you much success in the election!Ruth KrugerAspen


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