Santa, beware of Aspen?
December 6, 2005
Dear Editor:Mayor Helen Klanderud downplayed the commotion of the drug raids: “I was aware they were going to serve some establishments and they were going to serve warrants on certain persons. No one on City Council has suggested to me that we need to discuss this. What is there to be discussed?” Well, as far as I am concerned there is lots to discuss. Santa and all his helpers should soon be coming to Aspen to celebrate with their families the small-town atmosphere of the Aspen they have come to love and respect for its safety and lack of big stuff city. Most people will tell you they feel safe here in winter wonderland. From what I have heard on the street, most people are asking, “Why now would Aspen want to expose their citizens and tourists to a real life drama of guns being drawn, to let’s break up a small town drug ring two weeks before the busiest tax-revenue producing season of the year … Christmas.” Many of the families that have spoken with me are very concerned there are going to be more arrests and more showdowns, and they do not want to expose or risk their kids in public places to a potentially deadly situation if someone should freak out. I am not condoning the sale of drugs out of restaurants or other public places, but please, Mayor Klanderud, you do need to step up to Santa’s workshop and reassure the community and our skiers that Aspen is under control and their kids will not be in harm’s way. To ignore what has happened is very similar to ignoring the traffic mess coming in and out town, the lack of real affordable housing, lack of jet service, alcohol and substance abuse, and no public outside swimming pool.Let’s all have a very merry Christmas and holiday season! I think Aspen is still the best community in the whole world, and with all the great snow, Aspen should be rocking. Toni KronbergAspen