Tony’s brand of fatalism |

Tony’s brand of fatalism

In the very same issue of The Aspen Times that treated us to Tony Hershey’s latest rant against train advocates was an article about the collapse of a huge Antarctic ice shelf. “500 million billion tons of sheet ice has disintegrated in less than a month,” read the pullquote.

I suppose it takes visionary inclination to imagine a world where we won’t have to read such headlines. It also takes forbearance to handle realists, as Tony professes to be, who make a religion of futility.

What I hear in Tony’s letter is, “It’s not realistic to act for a societal or environmental vision, so let’s all give up.” And concentrate every resource on perfecting the oil-based medium that delivered us 500 million new icebergs, I assume.

But even free Hypercars won’t fix an autocentric society. It’ll take knowing that a cheap, pollution-free vehicle can still take you nowhere fast.

I expect Tony’s transfiguration won’t happen at a hootenanny. So be it. When it comes to Tony’s visionless brand of fatalism, maybe we should sing, “We Shall Overcome.”

Dan Sadowsky


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User