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Aspen City Council takes local workers for a ride

December 11, 2018 — What happened to "keeping it local"? Did Aspen City Council and Mayor Steve Skadron forget that small transportation businesses and High Mountain Taxi are local folks who live in housing that the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority requires employees — such as drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, etc.

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Calling out the Basalt post office

December 11, 2018 — I was expecting a certified letter and called the Basalt post office Monday. I let the telephone ring for (literally) over an hour (I'm old and have the time to do these things). No one ever answered. Is this what my tax dollars are wasted

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Fuzzy science with cloud-seeding

December 10, 2018 — Good column by Tim Willoughby on Dec. 9 (Legends & Legacies, "Aspen's dubious history of cloud-seeding"). During the 1960s, there was a silver iodide cloud-seeding generator located at the Aspen water plant. During those years, it was the intent to improve Aspen's snowfall by use

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Living on the edge

December 10, 2018 — n the 1960s, scientists calculated that if Earth's mean temperature rises by just 2 degrees that the world's glaciers will melt and sea levels will rise accordingly. Florida evangelicals will be pleased to note that we have just crossed that threshold. Let the rapture begin.

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French connection

December 9, 2018 — Yellow Vest Protest continues in Aspen's Paepcke Park at 3 p.m. Saturday. People of the world unite. We are stronger together than divided. Brother, liberty and equality. Paul Kennedy Aspen

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An $800,000 mistake in waiting

December 9, 2018 — Under the fig leaf of reducing cars in Aspen, we are poised to subsidize a multibillion-dollar company with $800,000? Do we get stock options with that? 1. Rideshare does not reduce vehicular traffic — anywhere. If it's successful, it increases the number of vehicles. 2.

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Scandal on Tobacco Road

December 9, 2018 — I have been an election judge (Democratic) for at least a dozen county or city elections. For me, the most astounding revelation in the Bladen County scandal in North Carolina is that the election supervisors certified the county count and sent it up to the

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Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (Dec. 9, 2018)

December 8, 2018 — The Buddy Program gives thanks On Dec. 1, the Little Nell and the Residences at the Little Nell hosted the Buddy Program's sixth annual Gingerbread House Workshop. The event was hosted by Helen and Jim Fifield and Karen Wing, and attended by 100 Big and

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The fix is in

December 7, 2018 — Long ago, in a galaxy far away, conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassinations, the MLK assassination and 9/11 seemed farfetched. Not now. Consider the fake Steele dossier, fake Mueller probe, exoneration of the criminal HRC. It all appears of a piece, sad to say. Maurice

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It’s our fault the earth keeps warming

December 7, 2018 — We live on a "Goldilocks" planet. Things can't be too hot or too cold; everything must be just right! Who knew? What is the big deal about a temperature change by a degree or two? Turns out it is the difference between life and death.

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Walls caving in on Trump

December 6, 2018 — Well, fans, Trump is dumber than I thought. By firing Attorney General Sessions, he put him out in the public to be subpoenaed as to why he recused himself on the Russian investigation. The new democratic House will get Sessions to talk big time. He

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Conflicting objectives on Lift 1A expansion

December 6, 2018 — I've never minded walking up to Lift 1A, especially on powder days, to avoid the frenzy of the gondola. Change isn't coming to 1A; it's here. The free public parking disappeared recently, never to return. The only vacant land available to develop currently is the

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We’re toast

December 5, 2018 — News Item: Warning — If continuing, global warming "may result in the collapse of civilizations and extinction of much the natural world." The way things have been going, perhaps not such a bad idea — a fresh start. Everett Peirce Basalt

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Lit up over Basalt menorah remarks

December 5, 2018 — In response to your letter from Mark Kwiecienski ("Menorahs don't belong on public land," letters, Dec. 3, 2018, The Aspen Times), I am completely enraged. No matter what you call "holiday lights," do you really think it has anything to do with representing anything other

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Menorahs in Basalt pass legal test

December 4, 2018 — Mark Kwiecienski complains about menorahs in public parks in Basalt ("Menorahs don't belong on public land," Dec. 4, The Aspen Times). He says such religious displays violate the prohibition on "separation of church and state" and the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution. Kwiecienski is

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Presidential mirth

December 4, 2018 — Funniest quote from Facebook this week: "This presidency was brought to you by the same people who made Honey Boo Boo and 'Duck Dynasty' famous." Carl Heck Aspen

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What’s bugging Ruth these days?

December 4, 2018 — The ridiculous reappears: • A $10 hamburger qualifies a restaurant as being affordable (by the city). • Physical education at the middle and high schools. • The city, county and Open Space and Trails can't leave anything as is. • Most of the bike lanes.

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Needless meddling by Aspen city leaders

December 3, 2018 — After reading Rick Carroll's article in The Aspen Times on Wednesday ("Aspen eyes mandatory training for budtenders"), I have come to the conclusion that the Valley Marijuana Council, the Liquor Licensing Authority and all other city leaders need extensive training on "how to quit meddling

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Pilots party this Wednesday in Aspen

December 3, 2018 — The Aspen Chapter of the 99's invites all aviation enthusiasts to our annual Pilots Holiday Party on Wednesday. It will be held at the Mountain Chalet, 333 E. Durant Ave. in Aspen, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a cash bar and the

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Menorahs in Basalt doesn’t belong on public land

December 3, 2018 — We should all be very grateful to live in this great land that wisely drew a distinction between church and state when the Constitution was framed way back in 1787. That separation is respected unless you live in Basalt. In Basalt, on publicly funded taxpayer

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