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Shame on you

Dear Editor:It is stunning to see that The Aspen Times has chosen not to give any coverage to the wildly successful first annual Western Slope College Fair hosted on Sunday at Aspen High School. More than 120 colleges and universities from all around the United States attended the weekend event. Around 1,000 students and their families came from high schools all over the Western Slope, from Vail to Ridgway to Telluride and beyond. Nothing like this has ever occurred in the history of this region. Yet your newspaper failed to cover it, even though you were invited to attend, and the College Fair Committee even paid for ads in your newspaper.If you had been there you would have been able to report on an incredible effort by students, faculty, administration and parents from Aspen High School who have literally worked on this project since last April. You would have seen tons of volunteers helping both the college representatives, most of whom have never been here before, and the students who have never been exposed to the variety of colleges that attended. You would have seen Superintendent Diana Sirko, Mayor Helen Klanderud, school board members and hundreds of Aspenites and residents of the Roaring Fork Valley working together with such spirit that it would have made you quite proud.Every college representative said they want to come back. A new tradition has been established that will greatly benefit not only Aspen and our valley, but the entire Western Slope. Yet The Aspen Times chose not to cover it. What were you thinking?Barry SchochetAspen