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Someone to miss

Dear Editor:

The loss of income to local businesses and employees on New Year’s Eve is very unfortunate. I believe Jim Blanning would have planned things differently had he realized how his actions would have played out for so many average people.

That said, can you imagine having been raised in Aspen 50, 60, nearly 70 years ago with a Jerome Bar full of gnarly miners as surrogate fathers to admire and emulate? Can you imagine how much Jim loved Aspen to die on his home turf in such a manner? How deeply the changes must have hurt him over the decades.

I only knew Jim from bumping into him on the streets. He struck me as a true westerner ” a cowboy spirit to the core who was more deeply hurt by our loss of freedoms and perceived rights than the rest of us. He must have felt like a citizen of an occupied beloved land taken over by people who didn’t understand the culture from places like Chicago and God knows where else. Confusion, pain and anger all bundled up in such a nice guy. My heart hurts for the despair of his departure.

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His petty scams and swindles were fly specks compared to some of the corporate thieves and destroyers of entire lives by the thousands who have cruised through here. Jim Blanning is one person I am going to miss. He made us laugh.

Pat Milligan

Aspen


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