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Letters to the Editor

Try an e-bike before calling them cheating

July 17, 2018 — As an avid sports enthusiast like so many of us here in the Roaring Fork Valley, the e-bike debate goes on. especially on our singletrack trails. Two years and 11 surgeries ago I too was against all e-bikes but now after all the research I've

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Take advantage of programs offering important services

July 17, 2018 — I was shocked to learn that the opiod forum June 20 at Aspen Elemtary School was only attended by about 25 people, at the most. I can't even begin to tell you how many students I have lost because of this crisis. Parents, wake up!

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Clean power clarifications

July 16, 2018 — For the record: The proposed 1.2 Megawatt Turbine for the "Castle Creek Energy Center" would not "destroy ecosystems" as Maurice Emmer implies. Instead, with minimal impact on the environment, it could and should provide emergency power and clean energy in the event of a power

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Trade Trump to Russia

July 16, 2018 — Since the president idolizes Putin and believes in fair trade, I think that we should trade him to Russia. They get him and we get something of equal value. A bowl of Borscht and a bottle of Vodka. John Ostwald Redstone

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Democrat path to victory

July 16, 2018 — Attention Democrats: If you are running for Congress, here is how you can lose. Say you want to abolish ICE; restore taxes to the previous amounts; support separation of children from their parents at the border; return illegally without due process. If you want to

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Housing not appropriate for Pan and Fork

July 15, 2018 — In a letter (June 6, 2018) Steve Chase argues that we should help the present developer massage his plan for the river park in Basalt. I agree. We should start with massaging out of the plan high-end housing. Less than 7 percent of the residents

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March elections smart, democratic idea

July 15, 2018 — It's not the first time moving the election day in Aspen has been suggested. On Facebook it's turning into a full out Bert Myrin versus Skippy Mesirow rock 'em sock 'em. If you can get past the accusations of Aspen Skiing Co. liftie zombies casting

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Loving your neighbor

July 15, 2018 — Viewing "Won't You Be My Neighbor," the delightful and powerful documentary about Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children's program "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," I got a glimpse of what today's youth is missing. Mr. Rogers taught children to love their neighbors. Today's media

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A look back at Basalt history

July 15, 2018 — Two years ago July 14, 2016, the Aspen Times ran a headline titled "$8 million plan unveiled for Basalt river park." Making 2 grass acres out of the field of dirt was at the heart of the proposal. The $8 million astronomical cost figures were

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Independent need more demorcratic election system

July 15, 2018 — Western Colorado Independent Voters dissected the results of the June 26 primary election at its monthly meeting July 12 at the Glenwood Springs Library. After analyzing the primary results with a low Independent voter turnout at Colorado's first semi-open primary, several questions arose addressing the

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Tipton is in the NRA’s pocket

July 15, 2018 — Less than a month ago, we heard a tragic, yet all too familiar story on the news: another mass shooting, this one at a Maryland newspaper. After that, we received something else all too familiar: the typical Republican response, "thoughts and prayers." This scenario has

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Kudos: July 15, 2018

July 14, 2018 — Many thanks to firefighters To view the lake Christine Fire Map, that the KDNK news agency put on their site is transformative. Thanks to the grueling work by the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt, Eagle and Garfield County fire

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The Missing Ink

July 13, 2018 — First a thank you to all firefighters, police, first to responders, reporters, alert systems and so forth. We are reading a lot about the many people involved in this tragic event. What I consider the Missing Ink is that I do not see anything about

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Now not the time to criticize gun range

July 13, 2018 — The time will come for publicly analyzing the gun range, the impacts of climate change on wildfires, the actions of the shooters, and the strategy of fire personnel but it does not seem ripe at this time. The time seems ripe for appreciation, being thankful

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Police Department sign should stay

July 12, 2018 — I disagree with both Mayor Steve Skadron and local nosey nose at-large Mike Maple about the Aspen Police Department sign. I think the sign is appropriate in terms of scale and size to the new APD headquarters and I think it professionally presents an image

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TV tactics

July 12, 2018 — I hear oil and gas is out with a television ad saying the circulators of the petition calling for increased setbacks for drilling and fracking are paid out-of-staters. I haven't seen it (I don't watch much TV), but that sounds like the propaganda oil and

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Time for thankfulness, not judgment

July 12, 2018 — The time will come for publicly analyzing the gun range, the impacts of climate change on wildfires, the actions of the shooters and the strategy of fire personnel but it does not seem ripe at this time. The time seems ripe for appreciation, being thankful

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For the health and safety of our community

July 12, 2018 — I like to use my life energy to improve the health and well-being of people and our planet, so I am volunteering as the Roaring Fork Valley coordinator for the Colorado Rising ballot initiative that would create commonsense setbacks for neighborhood fracking from the current

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Anger at chief misguided

July 11, 2018 — I am so angry at the letters directed at our fire chief. I have known Scott Thompson for years and he is a highly educated professional. At the start of the Lake Christine Fire, his plan of attack was based on what he knew at

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Reach out if you need help

July 11, 2018 — Pathfinders would like to offer free counseling and/or meals for anyone affected by the Lake Christine Fire. Pathfinders is a local nonprofit that provides counseling and volunteer services for those in our valley affected by serious illness and all kinds of grief and loss. We

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