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Support Bob, don’t question him

Dear Editor:I don’t know Rick Magnuson and I’m surely not anxious to change that now.That was a smarmy move, Mr. Magnuson; posing as a reporter, lying under the call of journalism, calling Desert Canyon where longtime favorite Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis escaped the daily nonsense dropped in his lap to finally focus on something we should all care about his health. Magnuson’s call was a dirty trick, an attempted setup our trusty sheriff was just a little too smart to fall for.If Bob had a health test that scared him and left town to get healthy, then give him a big round of applause, not a weak and sneaky phone call. If Bob decided to eliminate wheat, change his diet and reduce poisonous alcohol, then God bless him for taking the time and effort to do so. I know a few other men in this town in his age bracket who could use a 30-day tour of Desert Canyon if they only had the cojones Braudis is obviously packing.Yes, substance abuse is a problem in Aspen. But start with alcohol, the biggest substance abused here and help someone get help. Then turn to illegal substance dealers, the yet to be and convicted cocaine trafficking felons and those who supply kids in schools with cocaine, heroin and other drugs. That’s where Magnuson should be sneaking around, not in Arizona.For 20 years, Bob Braudis has been the most dependable take no/give no bull figures this otherwise wilding western town has ever seen. Heck, anyone who could keep Hunter alive as long as he did is one big man. Anyone here who has ever had a moment with Bob about a criminal or despicable act has come away with more than a cop’s view of the matter. The sheriff in action gives facts, background, insight, wisdom and reassurance without batting an eye, looking up code or worrying who might get their panties all twisted in a knot.He’s not just a sheriff standing tall in his boots, he’s our John Wayne.After reading about Magnuson’s smarmy, small move on the sheriff, I don’t even want to hear what Magnuson wants to do to the rest of us. Braudis’s first alleged opponent in decades now looks too small to register on the radar let alone the ballot.Bonnie BehrendAspen