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Dear Editor:I continue to watch the coming mayoral election from a distance pining to vote. So many of the issues are relevant to those of us who live in the county: our traffic problems, planned, wise and environmentally sound development, affordable housing and maintaining that special community feeling.I chose to move to this valley because I love the outdoors; I love to ski, love to bike, love to fish and love the warm feeling of the town of Aspen. A town that is different from other ski towns in that it is a real town with real community feeling. Aspen is a town that cares about the people who live there, yet understands the issues of tourism and how tourism is important to the livelihood of the town. We have been fortunate to have community leaders who understand that sometimes change is bad, and that any change that negatively effects the environment and change that promotes growth for growth’s sake will only lead us astray.We need leaders who will continue to look at the long term impact of the decisions they make and not leaders who will allow outside forces to dictate our future. When I look at the final candidates for mayor and the issues we face as a community, Mick Ireland would still get my vote, if I could vote. I encourage all the voters of Aspen to make it a big turnout, and a big turnout for the values that brought us here.Robert PewWoody Creek

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