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Sandwiched between rock and hard place

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

Recently, a questionnaire was sent out to Aspen business owners asking for suggestions on how to revitalize Aspen.

One of the questions pertained to “sandwich boards” and whether or not they would help business. Now there are stationary sandwich boards, which sit out on the sidewalk, and then there are mobile sandwich boards carried by a person.

I caught whiffs of a potential “situation” from the words and actions of sundry city officials last winter, which could lead to 40 10-year-olds carrying cardboard-and-Crayola signs for mom and dad, for a few minutes a week, until they become sick and tired of it, or mortified to death

Or, out-of-town businesses, represented by out-of-town carriers and/or deadbeats, who don’t even know where Little Annie’s or the visitors center are located. Of course the people of this town wouldn’t tolerate such a mess on the streets, so what happens next? We all get thrown off the streets, and guess who is out of a job after 25 years of service to Aspen, while the kids rejoice they won’t have to do that anymore!

Personally, I think stationary sandwich boards are a great help to some businesses, like New York Pizza, located upstairs between several little shops on the shady side of the Hyman Mall.

As far as mobile sandwich board “competition” goes, I am not intimidated by another professional sandwich board carrier, whose livelihood depends on performance, results and presentation (I presently have five, new $500 hand-painted boards being put together by an artist who can create museum-quality pieces).

I do object to an army of part-timers, who really don’t give a damn one way or the other for the same reasons restaurants object to food vendors operating out of trucks across from their restaurants at prime times. Vendors are outlawed.

A recently recurring stress-related asthma condition tells me the “situation” might develop into an issue.

Pat Milligan

“The Sandwich Board Lady”

Aspen


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