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The mayor is trippin’

Dear Editor:

I was delighted to discover that Aspen has a new vacation subsidy program. I had a wonderful two-week vacation last month with my two daughters in England and France, and those five-euro Cokes at Parisian cafes start to add up.

Like Mayor Mick, I would estimate that I shared the awesomeness of Aspen message at least two out of three vacation days with local people I met. Of course, in all fairness, I probably spent less than 1 percent of my total vacation time sharing that message, but it appears that the pro ration formula is that any day that you share the awesomeness of Aspen message, you can get a reimbursement of your total vacation expenses (excluding traffic tickets incurred by your loved ones) regardless of how much actual time was spent sharing the message.

Since Mayor Mick was not on preauthorized city business, it would seem that all local citizens should be eligible for this vacation-subsidy program. Where should the citizens of Aspen be directing their 2011 vacation invoices? How much detail should be included about our personal campaigns to promote the awesomeness of Aspen while on vacation?

I am getting ready to plan my vacation for the summer of 2012, so just to clarify, are all overseas destinations eligible for this vacation subsidy program, or just Europe? Will Aspen establish an Affordable Vacation Authority to run this new program?

Denise Malcolm

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