The dope on what’s riling readers |

The dope on what’s riling readers

The Pitkin County sheriff’s race and marijuana, as both separate and related issues, provoked comment from online readers of The Aspen Times last week.

Case in point: At Wednesday’s Squirm Night debate between Sheriff Bob Braudis and challenger Rick Magnuson, both men were asked if they “did drugs.” Braudis replied, “Not since I’ve been sheriff.”

One online reader was apparently unconvinced, responding:

And, there was this:

Another of Braudis’ debate-night claims also sparked a response. Said a reader:

Magnuson’s attempt to challenge the performance of the sheriff’s office under Braudis produced this response:

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On the topic of Amendment 44, a state ballot question that would legalize the possession of a small amount of marijuana for adults, Braudis indicated deputies are likely to flush a little bit of pot, rather than issue a citation, if they catch somebody with it.

Responded one reader:

An Oct. 13 letter to the editor, “Biblical evidence to support 44,” also generated comment.

Said one reader:

Offered another:

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After one reader chastised The Aspen Times for urging voters to reject Referendum E on the state ballot, which would extend a property tax exemption to military veterans who are 100 percent disabled as a result of their service, another chimed in with this:

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News that Starbucks is headed for a spot in the El Jebel City Market sparked a letter to the editor lamenting another chain store in the valley. Then came this online observation:

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The HOV lanes on Highway 82, recently a target of criticism in letters to the editor, generated another online complaint, as well:

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Finally, the obituary for Carbondale resident Harry Fightlin produced an online outpouring of grief and sympathy.

Wrote one reader:

Said another:

And, there was this:

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