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Support 5D, 5E, 5F

Dear Editor,I have waited until just before the Nov. 1 election to express my thanks to our community for its thoughtful response to the historic district ballot questions – 5D, 5E and 5F. I have been heartened by the interest and passionate support from so many different groups and individuals.Aspen’s historical society has worked with a revitalized board for just over a year now. These dedicated people quickly realized the inevitable – that without a modest and appropriate amount of public support, it was simply not possible to run a serious historical museum in any town, let alone a town like Aspen, with its extraordinarily rich and vibrant past.National studies and recommendations endorse this fact – we are a nonprofit, but unlike others, cannot depend solely on the patronage of individuals to support the technical and specialized behind-the-scenes work of preserving and maintaining sites and archives.The special district proposal before the voters is the product of much thought and planning. The funding raised will be responsibly managed and subject to scrutiny of a special board, whom you will be electing. And it will give our museum, our historical sites, our archives as well as our education and public access programs a secure future. It is neither alarmist, nor defeatist, to say that without a yes vote on 5D, 5E and 5F our collective historical possessions will be in serious jeopardy of being lost to the public.I urge all voters in this election to vote yes on questions 5D, 5E and 5F. Please do not forget to vote in the election – this question, although smaller in scope than some of the other issues on the ballot, will nevertheless have a huge and lasting impact on the future and culture of our remarkable town.You vote is so very important!Georgia Hanson Executive directorAspen Historical Society

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