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What would mom do?

If you are like most of us, by now you are probably pretty sick of hearing about the proposed changes to the Entrance to Aspen. There has certainly been plenty of propaganda spread by respective proponents on both sides of this question.

You may believe that you have already made up your mind about this important issue. However, this note is respectfully written asking you to simply use the intuitive skills that our mothers all taught us when we were children, before you cast your vote on Nov. 5.

For a moment, try to ignore all of the hyperbole, hysteria and misleading statistics that have been put out about the S-curves and the straight shot simply to confuse you. Just remember the lesson that our mom’s taught us about “common sense.”

Remember? They said it was a very important thing. It seemed counter-intuitive to us at the time, but they also told us “common sense isn’t all that common.” Looking back, we all know now how smart our mothers really were.

The questions that we will be asked to answer on Election Day are really pretty straightforward. Should we tear up a beautiful, pristine meadow, teeming with wildlife and beautiful vegetation? Should we replace it with tons of pavement traversed by a concrete tunnel illuminated with fluorescent lights?

For those of us who retain a heartfelt love for Aspen, can we ever define that type of change as progress? Our moms will be watching. Let’s try not to disappoint them.

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Jerald A. Bovino

Aspen

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