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Vote yes on 1A

Dear Editor:I do not remember who said, “A nation that ceases to be good ceases to be great,” but I think it’s a premise we should all ponder carefully these days when both goodness and greatness seem to be on the wane.One mark of civilization, and therefore of goodness, is for society to look after its most vulnerable members – the young and the old. The young because they are our future and how we raise them speaks of what is to come, and the old because they have given the best of themselves to create the fabric of life that we inherit.We are so lucky in Aspen to have received the gifts of the work of all those who came before us, an extraordinary group of seniors who have given richly of their talents to create this place that we are all proud to call home. These seniors deserve not only our thanks but our support in the final chapters of their lives.The Pitkin County Senior Center, located on Castle Creek Road just before the hospital, has always been a remarkable source of support for our elders, offering housing for those preferring no longer to live alone, meals where seniors can gather and visit, and a host of activities that cover a range of skills and abilities.The citizens of Pitkin County have always been very generous in their support of the Senior Center and I urge voters to continue this generosity in the upcoming ballot on Nov. 7. Please vote YES on Question 1A, the Healthy Community Fund. We who call Pitkin County home like to consider our community a great one, good to its citizens both young and old.The older segment of our society does not deserve to be disregarded by its more active and younger members, but should be honored and looked after to the best of a community’s ability. I trust that all of us, both citizens and legislators, will continue to support generously the Senior Center; and thus continue to honor the lives of our elders. After all, we are all headed in that direction.Catherine GarlandAspen