dotComments: Cooper Street, mourning and Tasers
The shutdown of the Cooper Street Pier, roadless-area protections, police brutality and the traffic death of a local man all sparked comment from online readers of The Aspen Times last week. Readers at http://www.aspentimes.com can weigh in on issues by clicking on Comments at the top of any article. Those selected for reprint here appear as they were posted, without editing or correction.Regarding the sudden closure of an Aspen watering hole by the state, apparently tied to undercover drug buys that led to a raid there last December, one reader offered:Thank GOD! Cooper Street Sucks! Hopefully they will remain closed forever. The bartenders are complete jerks. The drinks are about $1 less than other places in town. But if you have to get drunk, just drink at home for cheap than go out on the town. Good riddance POOPER STREET!But another said this:Follow the money … regarding the State closing the restaurant. It probably will lead to someone trying to make sure Cooper St. will close so they can make a piece-of-crap retail space with zillion-dollar penthouses above.We (Aspen) should go back to the 70s & 80s…when even the cops did drugs. Coverage of Jose Munoz Torres death after a collision with a vehicle driven by a woman now facing vehicular homicde and DUI charges, provoked several responses. Said a reader:I feel very bad for the family of the man who was killed. I also feel for the woman who was the cause of his death. I’m sure she didnt mean to kill anyone and I know she is, and will always be, in constant mourning. I can only hope that this will teach a lesson to at least 1 person that drinking and driving is NEVER safe, even when you have only had a few. Many lives have been effected and will never be the same. Offered another:I happen to know the gentleman who lost his life. It is a tragic loss. I know the people of Redstone are suffering a great loss. He was a great person and friend to all. It will make several people very sad to drive on Hwy 133 for a long, long time.News that some roadless areas in the White River National Forest are slated for gas lease sales in August (Now for Sale: Roadless Areas, June 20) even as the community and the state debate what should be protected sparked this remark: I mean it seems logical that roadless would imply no roads, and what does public input matter if while their input is being gathered the USFS does whatever it wants?A letter to the editor urging the protection of roadless areas, A transplants view, elicited a couple of rebukes. There was this:…as a longtime resident–I want to STILL be able to tow my trailer where roads are (were once) designated to camp on—and then hike from there etc. We, the taxpayers, pay for those roads and We, the taxpayers, want to still USE those roads, and We, the taxpayers, did not ask newcomers to tell us what we should and should not do with our tax-paid BLM thank you very much. And this:you say this: I see the number of elk, deer and other wild animals killed on our highways as their migration corridors and habitat are disrupted by road building, particularly by oil and gas development, on private and public lands.They are dying (MAINLY) because of the population explosion–i.e. newcomers, more houses, more traffic, more roads needed for them here… In response to the June 19 article Police issue report on Taser use, a follow-up to the recent Taser use by an Aspen police officer against a homeless woman, one reader suggested this:…I’m curious as to the yearly number of “use of force” incidents there have been in the past, say 20 years? Year by year, how do they measure up against one another, and against the increase in population of the valley.Any investigative reporters in there, Aspen Times online?Another said this, in part:When I hear of the underground whispers of police brutality by cleaks at the 7-11, the youth in casual conversation, and others on the bus. I ask the police what do you think your roll is ? I ask this to the county commissioners and the mayors. and police chiefs of our valley….As a citizen of this valley I would like to encourage more open communication and some re-assesment of the public enforcement in this valley. More monitoring of the complaints submitted by resident in our news papers, More public inteface training and a three strike policy for public enforcement officers….Tazering old homeless women, and a young men six times (An officer tazed him for running a stop sign). And this officer is still employed. To the police chief in Carbondale I ask why is this guy still on the force with more complaints ? Who are you serving sir. It is disrespectfull to the citizens of this valley that pay your salary.Granted most people just want to see the good side and this opinion is not pretty. Show us something different please that is what you are paid to do.
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