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Dear Editor:Apropos Molly Gorsuch’s letter (Aspen Times, July 26) regarding treehouse destruction, the seemingly precipitous action by city employees is reminiscent of another decision a few years ago.In September 2000, we, Mr. and Mrs. Gorsuch and some 30 or so other property owners were advised without previous notice that our homes had been placed on a list scheduled for placement on a historical register.Many, like our 1964 vintage house, had been in our family since construction and had no historical significance, but three members of the then-Historical Commission arbitrarily decided their position authorized their action. Fortunately, a more rational City Council negated that action.The situations are not analogous in financial terms, but in principle, it occurs to me, citizens whose interests are impacted by acts of city employees need to be consulted before being subjected to arbitrary actions and a fait accompli – even if enforcing policy.L.M. SantAspen


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