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Time to air it out

Dear Editor:

Columnist Sheldon Fingerman for the Aspen Daily News has his facts wrong on the proposed mass transit “Aspen Aerial” commuter and recreational gondola (not for construction trucks) connecting Rubey Park, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and the Aspen Airport (published July 12, 2010).

The Aspen Aerial doesn’t start or stop in a “cow pasture way the hell downvalley,” nor is the gondola idea the brainchild of any council member, nor will CDOT be paying for it. The gondola idea was started decades ago by skiers (we still are a ski town), but it was not until recently that a perfect alignment was found, which, believe it or not, is a “straight shot” in and out of Aspen.

Sheldon’s two biggest complaints, it seems, is traffic backed up all the way down Main Street and breathing in all those nasty, unhealthy, stinky and pollution-causing fumes. Building more asphalt is not going to get Sheldon what he wants … no traffic jams and clean air. The Aspen Aerial Connection is Sheldon’s Solution … it is the only solution which doesn’t pollute and the only solution which takes cars and buses off the roads.

Once the Aspen Aerial gets built, guaranteed, Sheldon’s commute time will not be spent sitting in traffic on Main Street or trying to cut through the West End. Contact aspenaerialconnection@gmail.com for more information or check out the displays at the Farmer’s Market or card tables scattered throughout town.

Toni Kronberg

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