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Repelling tourists is a city specialty

Dear Editor:

Here we go again. To satisfy their insatiable appetite for money, Aspen City Council is now considering paid parking on Sundays. (What about holidays?)

It seems every department is almost always unsatisfied with the money available and almost annually wants more. Empire-building?

I think Aspen is already a pretty nice place, so why do we need to keep improving, expanding, updating and adding more? The plastic bag fee will certainly make visitors happy, just like in Telluride. More days of paid parking will make more of them even happier, I’m sure.

To really raise more money and do more unnecessary projects, why not just put toll booths at each end of Highway 82, and unless you have an Aspen address on your driver’s license, have the city charge $25 the first year (more each year which seems to be our way here) to enter town. That will really make visitors even happier. Off to Vail, Breck or wherever they go. That should make many locals happy -fewer visitors, less traffic and more available parking, even on Sundays.

Go for it, guys!

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Gary Goldstein

Aspen

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