Everything from free event passes to for the Aspen City Council to a womens downhill on Aspen Mountain and housing for life for a city official all caught the attention of online readers of The Aspen Times last week.Readers took time to post comments on all sorts of topics, including this one regarding a deal that gives the citys public works director use of city housing for the rest of his life if he fulfills an employment contract:I have a problem in general with tax dollars being used to purchase housing for city employees. This creates a higher class of “worker bee” with elevated rights to housing. I believe that tax dollars should benefit all workers equally. Government employees in fact are an superior worker class. Is this fair and just? The awarding of womens World Cup races on Aspen Mountain next December, including the first womens downhill to take place in Aspen since 1988, elicited this response:Great news for a change in Aspen, just hope the mall walkers and shoppers take notice. Mens downhill is next?But there was also this:Aspen is not steep enough. On the topic of free passes to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and other such events for City Council members (the current subject of the Times online poll), one reader observed:How do we expect anyone to be wined and dined for free and then be fair when his/her benefactor comes before councile for an approval or a permit? A guest opinion in the June 10 Aspen Times Weekly, credited to Robert Redford and Auden Schendler (Why doesnt the EPA protect the environment?) sparked this response:Get back to acting, Robert; its what youre paid to do, and take Susan Sarandon, Rosie, and the rest of the Chicken Little flock with you.Global warming is a fact: Man-made warming is an over-hyped fiction perpetuated by politicians and ideologues who’ve a vested interest in stampeding the ignorant entitlement crowd into their protective arms.Of course youre preaching to the choir, when you babble thusly in the pages of the Aspen Times.Bush the antichrist will incinerate the planet, yet. Hallelujah! Only the election of more Democrats (and the immediate legalization of 12-22 million illegal aliens who’ll soon be voting for more selfless, patriotic Democrats!) can possibly save us from ourselves!!Oy! An article on efforts to make the Aspen Food & Wine Classic more environmnentally friendly generated a lengthy comment. An excerpt:The Canary Initiative is made all the more ludicrous by the fact that most of the patrons of this wine event have private jets berthed at the airport and live completely profligate energy lifestyles. The best way to conserve energy waste wold be to cancel this stupid wine-tasting, altogether, and donate the money that wouldve been wasted there to exploring alternative ways for the fat-cats to travel to and from Aspen. Readers may weigh in on any article at aspentimes.com, anonymously if they wish, by clicking on Comment at the top of the article. Comments reprinted here appear as they were printed, without editing or correction.
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