Toni kicks up her heels |

Toni kicks up her heels

Dear Editor:Happy New Year! Holiday celebrations, glorious ski days, lots of shopping, dining, plenty of second family homeowners, merry worker bees and special family get-togethers marked a great beginning for Aspenites for the new year 2005.While many were making merry and working like Santa’s elves to uphold Aspen’s (and Snowmass’) reputations of being the best and most vibrant resort communities, there were a group of letter writers who wrote Aspen is doomed to become a retirement village if people signed two initiative petitions being circulated in town.Dancing in my red high-heeled shoes in the city streets just around midnight with hundreds of other youngsters, I could barely imagine Aspen (and Snowmass) becoming retirement villages as people kept stepping on my toes.I am sorry I have not responded to the flurry of letters over the holidays addressed to me, but being one of those “damn working types” that Aspen City Councilwoman Rachel Richards wrote I am trying to get rid, I have not had much more time than to put my head down on my pillow for a good night’s sleep.Now that my red high-heeled shoes are off, I will find the time to write a respectful response to the following letter writers … Jim Curtis and Frank Peters “even the Grinch had a heart,” Mick Ireland’s “disingenuous theory,” Rachel Richards “think hard before signing,” Scott Writer’s “pleeze … this is not about Burlingame” and Jimmy Ibbotson’s “there is a reason.”Thank you to all those who made Aspen one of the best holiday seasons yet. We must be doing something right!Toni KronbergAspen

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