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You’ve got to be sh***ing me

Dear Editor:

I want to nominate last week’s front-page article regarding the noise problem at the Aspen airport for the “You’ve Got To Be Sh***ing Me” award.

The concern about noise created by jets is valid, in Aspen and at many other airports, large and small, around the world. Undoubtedly, it’s more than a minor annoyance to those who live within earshot, and recognition for those who acknowledge the concern is laudable.

But I’m not sure that buying a Macallan at The Little Nell for those who make an effort to decrease their earprint is an effective remedy. The likelihood of that inspiring the owner of a jet-fuel guzzler to trade in their ride for a more environmentally friendly model seems remote. It would make more sense to offer the scotch to every Hummer owner who rides RFTA, or maybe a fine for those owners who aren’t in compliance with minimal noise standards.

The proposal to give pocket change as a reward to those who least need it only affirms the perception of Aspen as a refuge for the overindulged.

David Olmsted


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