Very tragic satire |

Very tragic satire

Your July 3 story, “Hummer comes in handy amid Owl Creek roadwork”: Was this an April Fool’s story that ran on the wrong day?

Or has it really come to this, that American troops are dying in Iraq and our national security is being undermined by a thickening weave of foreign entanglements so that Aspen visitors may trounce across Owl Creek hayfields in their gas-guzzling, $80,000 “cars,” thus avoiding a five-minute wait and completing their search for an authentic wilderness adventure?

That you should choose to give such misadventures space and ink in The Aspen Times, a publication I hold in great esteem, is, I hope, an aberration and not a trend.

Such surreal behavior has the feel of opera bouffe, except that it’s so very tragic. For those of us in the satire business, these are hard times indeed.

Hal Clifford


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