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True honor comes without recognition

Dear Editor:I couldn’t help but write to you in response to your article in today’s paper (“Change of heart on name change,” Aug. 24).Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States (1923-1929) once said of honor and I quote: “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”I love when I go to charity or an event where the largest donors are listed as anonymous, that is honor received at the highest level. That is the epitome of class.When someone qualifies their generosity by the renaming of an Aspen underpinning, and then withdraws their donation when the name, most appropriately so, is going to remain the same, a person can only draw one conclusion … that the person’s ethics are maligned.For Lynda Resnick to have hidden behind her previously quoted statement that the renaming was not her idea in the first place, but that she thought it was a good idea is pathetic. You can’t live in two worlds … either you are going to be totally philanthropic, or you want something for your generosity.The later is obviously the case as she has now withdrawn her generosity because she can’t have her family name on the Paepcke Auditorium.Let’s not give away any more of Aspen’s history, no matter what the price, or we as a community will be the guilty party as well as those who tried to buy their piece of a rock that should not be for sale in the first place.Ron GolbusBasalt