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Rudeness and naming rights

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:In reference to Roger Marolt’s column, “The Sound of Rudeness” (Aug. 11), I think many thoughtful people are being provoked by the escalation of rudeness and arrogance in Aspen. At the Paepcke Auditorium on Thursday evening, at least 25 people got up and left just three or four minutes before the six o’clock finish of the discussion. With tight rows it causes a fair amount of disturbance when people exit. Talk about rude! This is a small venue with renowned speakers who were finishing up in a matter of minutes. Do the guilty parties have such important schedules that they cannot wait five minutes?On another subject (although perhaps these two subjects are not far apart), I referred to the Paepcke Auditorium above. I just read this will be renamed the Resnick Auditorium. I applaud the generosity of the Resnicks several million dollar donation to renovate the Institute buildings. However, wouldn’t it be wonderful if they asked to be acknowledged with a plaque instead of the change of an historical name for their own? For the 35 years I have lived here it has been called Paepcke Auditorium. Is the Resnick name honored at the Aspen Historical Museum? I think not.Donna FisherAspen