Letter: Referendum 1 squelches diversity | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Referendum 1 squelches diversity

Aspen is our home, we all care, our quality of life is amazing and it is important that we acknowledge we are all in this together; any dialogue that serves to pit one aspect of our community against another is not in the best interest of the community as a whole. We routinely demonstrate the ability to disagree, passionately debate and, ultimately, solve complex problems in a public dialogue. That is our democratic process.

Why would we want to support pushing that dialogue into marketing campaigns that remove any conversation for creativity, compromise and success? While this is a highly charged emotional issue, the consequences of changing the city charter results in a vote for bad government. There are other examples in the city code that require a public vote if certain triggers are met, but they are not adopted in the charter. Bill Stirling’s recent Aspen Times guest column (“Let our representative democracy work,” March 20) very eloquently expresses the reasons why this is a bad idea.

While the “Know the Facts on Referendum 1 Committee” respects the sentiment expressed by concerned residents, and in fact agrees with protecting our communities interest and character, amending the city charter is completely the wrong method. Vote “no” on Referendum 1 and visit http://www.aspenvoteknow.com for more information.

Donnie Lee

Chair, ACRA Board of Directors

General Manager, The Gant

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