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The loss of freedom

As Big Brother comes to Aspen in the form of surveillance cameras on RFTA buses, and Aspen adopts the fear-based thinking that is fueling the giving away of the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for, I would like to share a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inauguration speech, March 4, 1933:

“This is preeminently a time to speak the truth, the whole truth frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Fear has had its heyday in this country throughout our history ” the Salem witch hysteria, the Depression, the McCarthy era, and now in the name of “Homeland Security,” we enter an era of universal mistrust and a negation of the individual and the beauty and love carried in the human heart.



Our country was founded on the fundamental belief in the goodness of humanity. I made Aspen my home 25 years ago and raised my children here, because Aspen once embodied a freedom and trust in a reality that nurtured the true American spirit. What happened, Aspen? Where did our trust go? Where is our free spirit?

Our country was also founded on the fundamental premise of the freedom to choose. That is an enormous freedom which carries enormous responsibility. We can choose to live in fear or we can choose to live in trust. It’s up to us, each one of us.



Connie Baxter Marlow

Old Snowmass


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