Public manipulated on Base Village |

Public manipulated on Base Village

Dear Editor:What’s happening in Snowmass Village? The corporate “profiteers” are hard at work, distorting the present in order to shape a future based on individual self-interest and greed. A citizens group appears on the political landscape, funded by Intrawest. The Aspen Skiing Co. holds a series of snow fairs/orientations, at which a significant amount of time is spent on persuading their employees to vote for Base Village or don’t vote.We hear that the skiing company is stacking its Commons employee housing with those who will vote for Base Village. Do we want their seasonal employees deciding our community’s fate? The young people of our community and Skico employees are threatened with supporting the current oversized Base Village, or the company will not improve the lifts, build a children’s center or have jobs in the future. We are told Intrawest/ASC compromised and that the project cannot get any smaller, yet they came to the table with a million square feet and they got a million approved. We are told the ASC ownership might sell their holdings if they don’t get their way, yet are left to wonder what the difference would be if we had a new owner, since their partnership with Intrawest has exposed what might be their true connection to our community, acting and looking more like a publicly traded company, where dollars and the bottom-line are paramount. Real estate profits, individual self-interest threats and fear appear to be their agenda.If you, the public, are interested in seeing how we’ve been manipulated for the past few years, please go to GCA and hit search. Or look up the Nov. 5-11, 2003, Snowmass Sun and read the article entitled, “Intrawest Pulls Out a Big Gun.” Hopefully, they will not pull it off the web, as they did when the article first appeared. If you are tired of being threatened and ignored, please vote no on this Base Village. Let the stakeholders of this community decide the future of our town.Brian SledgeSnowmass Village

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