Taxpayer-supported security is ridiculous

Dear Editor:This is pathetic! Why is the so-called Iraqi president given this level of importance?Stopping traffic, closing roads and I-70 to let this guy and his entourage behave as if they are soooo important! Stopping American citizens and hassling them just because they happened to be walking past the hotel that this bozo is staying in.I guess I would be in jail under the same circumstances, because I would have told the Aspen puppets, er, cops that it was none of their business and to piss off! I’m betting it was a public sidewalk and the citizens of Aspen had every right to walk on it past the hotel. I also bet there was no sign stating that lowly Americans had no right to be there!I doubt that Forstmann-Little & Co. paid for all of the security for this guy. I find it very likely that the armored vehicle, the ambulance and all of his security were all provided by our government and therefore, the American taxpayer paid for everything. Probably even paid for his room and food! I have no doubt that Forstmann-Little & Co. did not have to pay a single dime for this guy’s security or any of the other costs involved to come and speak at their fancy little party. Yet they are involved in multi-billion dollar mergers.If any of this event was paid for by the American taxpayer, then the details of the entire event must be disclosed to the public!I find all of this to be disgusting!Lee PerkinsGlenwood Springs


Aspen City Council puts brakes on Old Powerhouse Preservation Project

With many lingering questions still surrounding the fate of Aspen’s historic Old Powerhouse, City Council decided during Monday’s work session to hold off on providing staff direction on moving the preservation project forward until more information can be presented.

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