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Honesty vs. ethics; reefer sadness

Online readers of The Aspen Times chided everything from the newspaper’s attempt to test Aspen’s honesty to plans for a new traffic signal on Highway 82 and the ordered removal of smoking shacks at Snowmass.”How Honest is Aspen?” was The Aspen Times Weekly cover story April 8. Reporter Charlie Agar left a wallet containing $7 in cash and assorted other stuff laying around town to see what would happen. Several readers either took issue with the approach or the findings, or both.Said one reader: I have lived here for over 10 years. Things have changed. In the last five years, I have had my wallet stolen TWICE from City Market.Your bait wasn’t good (or rich enough in appearance).And, there was this:Okay, so if you were serious about finding out the answer to your question, you would send a woman with a small, open purse with a wallet inside around town.First, she would go shopping at City Market and Clark’s at prime time shopping and leave her purse unattended in the shopping cart while she assembled vegetables and fruits, etc. Next, you’d have her leave her wallet (assuming it hadn’t be stolen already) at a restaurant and then call the police.She would be told, no kidding, that she could come down and look through their wallets, because the police will not.Try your exercise again. Don’t put young men out there who look that they don’t have any cash. Put a woman out there who is well-kempt and who carries a small purse. See what happens …Lame article, lame exercise in reporting. Try again or stop doing these silly articles.Another reader had this to say:Instead of “How Honest is Aspen” you should have titled your article is “How Honest are the Aspen Times Writers”.First off, this is a classic case of entrapment and its not right. Everyplace has it’s good and bad people, but the reality is that most people who choose to live here are seeking out a higher form of existence, literally. We give up so much to live here such as higher O2 levels, convenient shopping, entertainment and proximity to excitement. We come here to avoid the hustle and bustle and we stay for the views. If you want to do an exposé on thievery, go to a place where thieves thrive. The only dishonest people here are those who overcharge for their services and do it while smiling in your face. C’mon, $3 bucks for a Nantucket Nectar..Sacré Bleu!!!!??? There’s your story!• • • •Friday’s article by reporter Joel Stonington, “Reefer Sadness at Snowmass,” about the fate of smoking shacks on the mountain, prompted this reply:Heh approproate last name Joel! Keep the shacks!There was also this:I guess they want to drive us vermin out to smoke in the lift lines like the old days.• • • •A planned traffic signal at Highway 82 and Smith Way, above Woody Creek, riled several online readers. Wrote one:Stop lights kill people and the environment. Every stoplight on 82 should be taken out and replaced with over-underpasses and round-abouts. People run red lights, slide right through them when its icey, don’t even see them, stoplights malfuntion and cause traffic jams. Why should 50 cars stop and idle for 3 minutes while one car pulls out on 82? (Or better yet, not even a car there to pull out because they already ran the red light!)Then everyone mashes the gas to get back up to speed only to get stopped again. Do the people of this valley really care about the environment? no…seems kinda like a no brainer? fewer accindents, lives saved, no more road rage, better air quality, reduced idle times, reduced idle times….get it!Offered another:As the Times reports, the intersection has seen a heavy increase in construction traffic in recent years so come on folks, if you want more construction, that means you want more lights, though you could get tougher on construction and start a zero growth policy for both mcmansions and the stoplights that follow.• • • •Finally, came a comment in response to the debate over whether Ride the Rockies participants should use the Rio Grande Trail when they pass through the valley in June:I’m a FT/YR resident who lives a block from and uses the Basalt sections of the trail for walking cycling on regular basis. I see little harm in offering use of the trail for part of one mid-week day in June for a great event like RTR. I’m far more concerned about the arrogant Lance Armstrong wannabes who ride far too fast on the trail on a daily basis, endangering other users. (If you want to big-ring it tough guy, get out on the highway like the rest of us real roadies!)• • • •Readers may weigh in on any article at aspentimes.com, anonymously if they wish, by clicking on “Comments” at the top of the article. Comments reprinted here appear as they were printed, without editing or correction.

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