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The Emperor’s new parcel

Dear Editor:

In 1837, Danish author Hans Christian Anderson wrote a wonderful fairy tale which he titled “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It is the story of the ruler of a distant land who was so enamored of his appearance and his clothing that he had a different suit for every hour of the day.

One day two rogues arrived in town, claiming to be gifted weavers. They convinced the Emperor that they could weave the most wonderful cloth, which had a magical property. The clothes were only visible to those who were completely pure in heart and spirit.



The Emperor was impressed and ordered the weavers to begin work immediately. The rogues, who had a deep understanding of human nature, began to feign work on empty looms.

Minister after minister went to view the new clothes, and all came back exhorting the beauty of the cloth on the looms even though none of them could see a thing.




Finally a grand procession was planned for the Emperor to display his new finery. The Emperor went to view his clothes and was shocked to see absolutely nothing, but he pretended to admire the fabulous cloth, inspected the clothes with awe, and, after disrobing, went through the motions of carefully putting on a suit of the new garments.

Under a royal canopy the Emperor appeared to the admiring throng of his people ” all of whom cheered and clapped because they all knew the rogue weavers’ tale and did not want to be seen as less then pure of heart.

But the bubble burst when an innocent child loudly exclaimed, for the whole kingdom to hear, that the Emperor had nothing on at all. He had no clothes.

The tale seems to me very like the way this city was led to purchase the BMC lumberyard property.

We were told what a great purchase this would be, providing access to a worthless piece of property located behind it, how it would prevent the commercialization of a perfect employee housing site and, this is the only property suitable for this purpose in the entire county.

We were told about new zoning and new access and great designs and construction.

We were frightened to think this property might be used for a hotel or, even worse, a resort for rich people. GASP!

So the city, Mick and the council bought the property for $18,250,000. An appraisal? Don’t need it! Negotiations? Don’t need much of that when we want it so bad. After all, this is the only property where we can create our new kingdom.

So John McBride, a seasoned, successful developer comes along and writes a letter for the kingdom to read exposing this purchase for what it is, a monstrous rip-off of our money. How could such a thing happen? It’s human nature … In the blind stampede by Mick and council to create an employee housing kingdom they got blinded just like the Emperor.

What’s different in this story is that after being told they were naked in front of the kingdom Mick and Scott Miller continue to claim they have beautiful clothes on. Who buys it? Nobody!

What do I see? I see two puffed up naked guys with ant bites all over their backsides.

Gaston Alciatore

Aspen