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Dear Editor:Thank you. From the time I arrived in Aspen in 1964, after I got my feet on the ground, I admired Darcy. It always made me wonder how he was able to get the original stockholders not to complain all those years when they received little or no perks for owning the stock. I assume they were much like him in understanding the company had to make a profit (not excess) so it could grow and expand.As far as I could tell, his primary interest was for the best for the company and the town. If the Ski Corp. had not been under his direction, would it have been successful? I doubt it.Even though I could not afford or did not wish to buy a ski pass for myself, the firm always found a way for the employees who wished it to have a pass.At the time, of all the criticism from some of the townspeople I did not understand, until I realized that none of them had ever been responsible to stockholders, to be sure employees had a job and try to make the entire operation better and more responsible.I did not meet Darcy until the late ’70s and that was about all, an introduction. I had no business or personal contact until the ’90s.And don’t forget Ruth. Without a wife to back you up and support what you are trying to do, it will make success almost impossible.To someone I have the utmost respect of and admiration – to Darcy and Ruth Brown.Reese HenryMidway, Utah

Dear Editor:The pictures of cute black bears eating and foraging in Aspen, seem to appear almost every week.Looking at their situation the last couple of months, it’s really not that cute. They must be so desperately hungry that even they have broken their boundaries to survive. Of course, rightfully so – this is the bears’ own territory, which we have occupied so pleasantly.Nature has not given the them enough to survive on this year. Now winter is approaching and we really need to help them! The mama bears are imprinting on their little cubs this year that it’s good to go to the human area and forage. This is a terrible tragedy for all of them and all of us. They will be back next year, remembering the easy food access and come with more of their bear buddies, and so on and so on, year after year.Perhaps someone can quickly organize and donate some funds for a Feed The Rocky Mountain Bears project?How about all you talented humans in the Aspen area inventing some kind of natural type of food like bear biscuits, bear cookies or bear granola? Someone can ask donations of companies who can give left over dried fruits/nuts and unpackagable foods to the project. The bear food should be as close as possible to the foods of the mountains here that they are use to. If not, then some kind of dried fruits/berries, nuts, with some protein would do.It can be distributed by a small planes or some kind of aircraft. It might keep most bears up there in the higher mountains. Then they would have to search and forage, like they do naturally. What bears don’t find will be eaten by other mountain critters, and they wouldn’t mind a bit more food before and during the winter season.This is a sad situation in which nature is crying out. Trapping/relocating, shooting/killing them isn’t really the best answer, as stated by the wildlife agency.Some kindhearted person(s) with some extra cash and a flair for organizing might be able to spare the bears and humans in the future much suffering and possible extinction of a black bear species.At least we can think about this?Bonnie L. MarxCarbondale

Dear Editor:I am so tired of hearing how bears (and other animals) are such a problem these days. Bears (and other animals) were not a problem, oh, let’s say, before greedy, all-consuming, self-centered humans made up their minds to live wherever they want, and do whatever they feel. When will we admit to ourselves that there has to be balance in this world? Boundaries are part of this essential balance. There are boundaries in every aspect of life. This particular aspect is territory. We all have the right, as free energies, to our own territories, whether it be 3 feet of personal space, or our own minds. What we do not have the right to is impediment of another species’ habitat – their shelter, their food supply, their safety, their freedom. All the things that we desire for ourselves, we should also desire for the other creatures on this Earth. Make the connection between your basic needs and the needs of animals. I believe you will find that we all deserve the same respect.What a sad day it would be if all “problem species” were destroyed to extinction because of numerous contacts with the human species. Realize that animals, as well as nature, are unconditional in their existence. Humans are not able to be the same. We, as humans, are always asking of the Earth, the animals, and other humans. Just imagine a world without animals, without nature, without streaming rivers, without birds singing! What would we have to observe then? Ourselves? Maybe it is time.Erika BrandonAspen


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