Letter: Roundabout is fine

Having repeatedly read David Grimes’ letters to the editor referring to the Aspen roundabout beautification, with negative rhetoric including “Why does the entrance to Aspen take a back seat to Basalt, Gypsum and Vail?” I felt compelled to respond (“Nasty-appearing roundabout, The Aspen Times, Sept. 3).

My kids can attest to the fact that I frequently comment on how beautiful is the natural landscaping at the Aspen roundabout. I love the evolving landscape with the wild iris, columbines and other seasonal blooms.

In addition to the beauty, my understanding is the natural plants are great for the environment. During the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, one of the bee-expert speakers commented on how ideal the natural planting along Highway 82 was for bees and other pollinators.

Aspen is not Vail nor Gypsum. Please keep the roundabout and the highway as they are.

Maureen Poschman