Letter: Support Basalt library, land purchase
Negotiation, compromise, informed choice and sharing the load: four concepts certainly foreign to current American politics, much of American culture, and even relational health in many communities and families in our land. And yet, it seems to me that is exactly what we are presented with in the upcoming votes on 2F, 2G, 2H, 2A and Question 21. I am, proudly and actively, a second-home owner in Basalt. My children are continuously living in our condo as they work in the valley, and have for the past 10 years. My dear wife and I frequently reside here. Since I support the local economy (vigorously, thank you), and pay homeowner and sales tax (happily, considering the community services of great quality), I appreciate the opportunity to offer an opinion on the ballot in November (even though I’m not able to vote in Colorado), with the hope that some of my Basalt neighbors might consider my thoughts.
I have followed the discussions in Basalt closely, both in person and through The Aspen Times online. I hear and appreciate significant negotiation, compromise, great efforts at informed choice and certainly a shared load with Eagle and Pitkin county open space programs. Thank you, residents of Basalt, no matter where your strongly held opinions reside; this is community relational health at its best, as I see it. I believe if we neglect this opportunity to preserve a community open space for all to enjoy, we will lose forever a special resource at the center of our beautiful community. Same goes for our incredible library. Please support 2F, 2G, 2H, 2A and Question 21. Thank you.
John D. Eckrich, M.D.
Basalt and St. Louis