‘It’s enough to gag a maggot’ | AspenTimes.com

‘It’s enough to gag a maggot’

The hot-button topic of illegal immigration and associated racial tensions in the Roaring Fork Valley received plenty of online debate last week from readers at http://www.aspentimes.com.

But, online readers tackled a few other subjects, as well, including the ever-controversial Entrance to Aspen and the perennial what’s-wrong-with-Aspen debate.

Regarding the latter, a July 3 letter to the editor, written in response to columnist Andy Stone’s June 28 musings on the transformation of Aspen, sparked this online observation:

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The ongoing push to collect signatures on two petitions that propose a four-lane highway over open space to solve the Entrance to Aspen was the focus of a July 5 article that noted petition circulators have collected roughly two-thirds of the 750 signatures they need on each petition.

Responded one online reader:

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Various articles spawned by a recent shooting at the Basalt 7-Eleven, which may have been the result of racial tension, spurred online comment from readers.

A June 29 letter to the editor criticizing an Aspen Times headline regarding the shooting incident (“Police seek Latinos after Basalt shooting”) has continued to spark reader response. Said one:

But there was also this:

Another reader took a slightly different tack:

The July 3 article, regarding a lightly attended meeting in Basalt to discuss racial strife, also spurred comment.

Said one reader of the discussion session:

Offered another:

There was also this:

A June 29 Aspen Times editorial, “Feeling racial tension close to home,” prompted a June 5 letter to the editor that labeled the editorial an “ugly piece of hypocrisy.” The letter, in turn, prompted this observation:

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