Show us why Aspen is great
August 10, 2005
Dear Editor:As a former resident and still frequent visitor to Aspen, I must respond to what is happening with the Timroth cabin.I cannot address the specifics of the court findings, but I can comment on my experiences at the cabin and the Timroths. I know for a fact they are the more hospitable and generous people I have ever met. Their door has always been open to everyone, from tourist to local, casual stranger to just plain strange. Just knowing the friend of a fried of a friend who knows somebody that once said “hi” to Grant was more than enough to be welcomed for a quick ride or hot drink.From the article I read (Aspen Times, Aug. 8), it seems that you weren’t aware anyone was using the cabin last winter. Well I say, that’s exactly the point – nobody is bothering anybody. To simply use insurance concerns is a cop-out that can always be taken care of.This is a great opportunity for the commissioners and the legal staff of Pitkin County to show by example that they can use their creativity and compassion. I see no positive gain to either tear the cabin down or board it up. To say the county needs to include it in some packaged land swap deal is ludicrous. If it wasn’t a deal-breaker for the Forest Service, then I can’t imagine why it becomes such a prized commodity now – it’s such a small parcel.I hope that you will not use this position of power to take the cold, hard established party line. You can do better, you can do better. Show everyone another reason why Aspen is so great.I truly hope that when I bring my family to ski this winter I will be fortunate enough to see that guy who once said “hi” to G.T. and see yet another great sunset off the deck.Gregory GilmoreGrand Rapids, Mich.