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Unbalanced reporting

The two articles written by Aspen Times staff writer Steve Benson, published in the July 18 and July 22 editions of the paper concerning the Snowmass Village Town Council’s handling of the proposed Base Village development, are not accurate reports of the full range of opinions and support voiced at the meetings, which Mr. Benson is attempting to cover.

For all those looking for more accurate coverage I would refer you to the articles written by Bernie Grauer for the Aspen Daily News and by Catherine Lutz and the staff of the Snowmass Village Sun during the last two weeks.

In his first article Mr. Benson fails to report any of the support voiced in favor of the ongoing review process, the Base Village development or the handling of the review process by the planning commission and Town Council. In his second article he only makes passing reference to a single voice praising the Town Council’s handling of the process.

In the future, if Mr. Benson has trouble taking accurate notes of the proceedings and is interested in fair and balanced reporting, I would suggest that he run his articles by The Aspen Daily News and Snowmass Village Sun for a reality check prior to publication.

Mel D. Blumenthal

Snowmass Village


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