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Putting the ‘S’ in ‘Asspen’

Dear Editor:I’d like to congratulate Toni Kronberg, whether you agree with her or not, for being the whiner of the year. If you’re not whining, you do not understand the situation. Public involvement is key, and she works very hard at it. Thanks, Toni, for keeping the politicians on their toes.I’ve lived here 60-plus years and have been angry with the rate of growth and development for some time now. There seems to be no plan for the direction in which we’re headed. Some things get voted on, and others do not; other items get put to the vote until it comes out the way they want it. The “they” must be the rich and influential, or the ones paid off by them.I appreciated Kristine Crandall’s article about change and Roger Marolt’s about Aspen being phony. These two writers also grew up in Aspen and seem to be disgruntled, too.Some second-home owners who have been here a short time believe they should get to vote. One says he loves Aspen for its culture and music, etc. etc., but is for getting rid of the S curves. The culture could be anywhere, but the S curves fit into the lay of the land only in Aspen. There is little sense of place or love for the environment.Speaking of the S curves, when you take them out and run the road through yet another designated open space, you might as well put the “S” in “Asspen.” Everything else has changed, so why not a more appropriate name?Roine St. AndreAspen