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Dear Editor:First, I want to thank Mary Ledford (Aspen Times, Aug. 30) for making us aware that the airport will be closed on Oct. 6. I also thank her for reminding us that even in the so-called offseason, there are still events going on, and even offseason visitors spend money here and make contributions to local nonprofits.Next, I want to thank Christine Smith (Aspen Times, Sept. 9) for the information about a group that provides little extras for people in prison.One of my brothers is in prison, and I’m grateful there are people willing to help those who are “paying a debt to society.” I also thank Christine for reminding us about her book, “A Mountain In the Wind.” I have a copy but I haven’t read it yet. Each of us grieves in her own way. Almost seven years after John Denver left the physical plane, there are still times when I feel that grief again. But I’ll read the book eventually.Finally, I’d like to thank Liz Seger (Aspen Times, Sept. 14), who wrote from Canada to remind us that we all do our best. John said many times that he didn’t want to tell people what to do. He preferred people to make their own choices. He also pointed out that it’s not a matter of “either/or.” It’s “both/and.” So there’s no need to put anyone down for how a person chooses to honor another person.It reminds me of a story from the New Testament, about when Jesus went to visit some friends (Lazarus and Mary and Martha). Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened, while Martha busied herself preparing a meal and doing household chores. Apparently Martha got a little ticked off that Mary wasn’t doing her share, so she said something to Jesus. I’m paraphrasing now, but Jesus basically told Martha, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”LinelleAspen


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