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Spread democracy to Aspen first

Dear Editor:This addresses the Burlingame controversy and the next vote in May, specifically, and the Aspen “democratic process” in general.The USA is in a massive campaign to spread democracy to Iraq and to the rest of the world. While I agree with this, I would like to see democracy spread to Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. I was under the assumption that a large part of the democratic process was the right to vote and the concept of the people deciding important matters with a majority vote. A majority necessarily means that up to 49 percent of the voters don’t get their way, but that is inherent in the process. We vote on a state amendment, majority vote says whether it is approved or not. We vote for state governor, barring a recount, the guy with the most votes is governor. Many might be upset with the outcome, but that is the vote, no lawsuits to change the results, no measures to try to change the way he is nominated. What about this simple concept do the people of Aspen not get?Here, many seem to think that if you don’t like the results of a popular vote, you throw money and lawsuits at it, to change it to your way of thinking. Screw the majority, who obviously think opposite of you. Don’t like the results, dig into the bank account and have someone come up with some fancy underhanded language to try to overturn the results. Aspen’s democracy is leaning toward an oligarchy – dictionary definition to follow.Oligarchy is a form of government where most political power effectively rests with a small segment of society (typically the most powerful, whether by wealth, military strength, ruthlessness, or political influence).We voted on Burlingame and it won; live with it. How many times have we voted on the entrance to Aspen, only to have some manipulative, small-minded, self-interest group come up with a way to alter the results, costing lots of our time and money in the process. It also undermines the entire voting process. Why bother to vote, if the results can and will be altered by money and lawyers. If you want better voter turnout, you have to make sure that the vote actually counts.It is easy to see how Burlingame is becoming another “entrance,” in line for endless votes and “initiatives.” Each time we endure some bullshit political maneuver and another vote, the costs go up, meaning it is less affordable to the deserving workers destined to live there.You don’t like the results of a popular vote, move.J. ShawCarbondale


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