Letter: What is community?
According to Google/Merriam-Webster: “Community” is defined as:
A) A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
B) A feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.
In consideration of the seemingly endless litany of citizen’s letters, editor’s opinions and City Council controversies, one might first return to that accurate, classical definition of what actually constitutes a community of persons.
For example, years ago, Aspen’s resident population consisted, for the most part, of reasonably healthy, fit, robust working persons who spent years developing an education of nature with respect for its land and wildlife.
Their domestic pets remained chiefly on one’s own property with the proper exception of the well-behaved, well-trained backcountry athlete who ran and skied with its owner.
Wildlife remained in the wilderness and rarely came to town.
Human obesity was, in the main, nonexistent
Most telephone conversations were conducted in the privacy of one’s own home or office.
Children were taught to respect and observe the silence of libraries.
Courtesy existed on streets, roads, sidewalks and trails.
Parking and traffic were non-issues.
Homes were modestly sized and meant to be lived in.
In contrast to that earlier time, one now observes the increasing appearance of the over-dined, lumbering wonder in stretch tights walking a team of dogs on an extended leash while speaking into a techy-toy wired to buds plugged into one’s ear.
Obesity is visibly apparent in significant numbers.
Personal privacy is virtually nonexistent in Aspen’s core due to impolite public cellphone usage.
Pitkin County Library is rife with noise due to the above.
City Market’s so-called “service-animal welcome” policy is becoming increasingly violated.
Tourists went home after a few days; now they live here.
City Council is unable to understand fundamental causes and so hires the proverbial expert who lives 1,000 miles away. For example, $494 000 is quite unnecessary to study the Highway 82 problem when one public official could simply stand on the corner of Mill and Main at 5 p.m. and observe the steady stream of trucks loaded with rakes, hoes, shovels, weed-eaters, leaf-blowers, lawn mowers, etc. which then make the right turn at the Jerome onto Main Street and head downvalley to Basalt and Carbondale where their driver and its occupants reside and for whom St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aspen provides an Hispanic Ministry.
Do not Basalt and Carbondale each have a Catholic Church?
Unfortunately, Newton’s Law of Motion best describes Aspen’s present-day difficulties, since that motion continues on its misdirected course absent of a necessary, opposing force.