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Letters to the Editor

Public defender’s comments senseless

February 16, 2018 — After reading Elise Meyer's senseless, inappropriate comments about the "hate speech" of those who have rightly condemned the criminal behavior/inhumanity of the boy who shot a dog to death, it is apparent that the misguided public defender is unfit to practice law. In fact, she

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Declare war on oil industry

February 16, 2018 — In the 1980 film "The Formula," Marlon Brando played an oil tycoon — like John D. Rockefeller, J. Paul Getty, Rex Tillerson, take your pick. Brando listened quietly while a subordinate suggests they blame the Arabs for the oil embargo and the manipulation of the

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Department of Veterans Affairs is failing veterans

February 15, 2018 — Just writing to remind readers why 22 American veterans kill themselves every day in a formerly progressive nation. It was discovered awhile ago that institutions that practiced "separate but equal" policies were illegal and discriminatory. As a result, many institutions were no longer allowed to

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Spineless politicians won’t stand up to NRA

February 15, 2018 — Just another typical day in America with yet another mass shooting. But let's make sure we all don't forget that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Until our spineless politicians who are bought and sold by the NRA are the ones getting voted out

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City Council just keeps digging

February 15, 2018 — It's reassuring to see Aspen's City Council living by the adage, "when in a hole, just keep digging." The district judge slapped their hands for illegally nixing a citizens' petition about the new city offices. Did the city bow to the law? Of course not.

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Russia’s disinformation campaign is succeeding

February 15, 2018 — Russia got its money's worth turning the 70,000 votes that got Trump the Electoral College. In one year, Russia succeeded in creating an autocrat that's divided the U.S. and attacked the very fabric of our democracy while working to enslave our population like it is

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We can’t build our way out of housing shortage

February 15, 2018 — Theories of sustainability based on the perceived benefits of higher urban densities tend to get a bit shaky applied to resort towns and other desirable locations. Density advocates contend that building more and denser residential housing in towns will make homes or rent more affordable

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Mayor’s gridlock solutions are decades old

February 15, 2018 — Thank you to Susan Anderson for her letter to the editor in the Aspen Times (Feb. 14) "How you know you live in a ski town" — that is, if you can even get to the ski slopes. Susan describes the horror of trying to

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Great wolf presentation

February 15, 2018 — Whoever was able to make it to the Naturalists Nights presentation last week learned quite a bit about the feasibility and necessity of bringing our wolves back to Colorado. Mike Phillips, a biologist and state senator from Montana, did a great job of outlining documented

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‘Three Billboards’ is thrice good

February 15, 2018 — I just saw "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" for the third time. I may see it again. I think it's that good. I'm not going to say it's my all-time favorite. Filmmaking is not a sport. It's an art. There doesn't have to be a

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How you know you live in a ski town

February 15, 2018 — On Feb. 10, the first big storm in 2018 blanketed Aspen-Snowmass. There was a violent accident on Brush Creek Road that resulted in a road closure for several hours. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus passengers were stranded at accident sight for an hour. Travel from

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Housing requires bold, inventive solution

February 13, 2018 — I'm usually a fan of Tony Vagneur's writing, but his suggestion that all affordable housing should be provided by employers is rather simplistic. Not every working citizen has a big corporate employer. What about the seamstress who has her own business? Or the mountain guide?

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Who to believe

February 13, 2018 — We have a choice. We can believe the professional journalists who've dedicated their lives to the truth or trust the confirmed and habitual liar who resides in the White House. In my brief journalism career, I was impressed by the profession's commitment to accuracy. Each

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Infrastructure gap could be helped by gas tax

February 13, 2018 — Trumps infrastructure plan is hilarious. He wants $1.5 trillion raised by the states with only $200 million being invested by the federal government. Before the republicans, in 2004, privatized the Federal Transportation Trust Fund that built the interstate highway system, each state department of transportation

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For tax refund helps locals

February 13, 2018 — I agree with Mike Maple about the food tax refund. It has not changed in 20 years and should probably at least double. Who cares what it costs to administer. It will cost the same regardless of any increase. Mayor Steve Skadron, how dare you

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Letter: Schendler focused on the wrong kind of green

February 11, 2018 — Auden Schendler wrote about putting density on the Pan and Fork river park that the tax payers have financed. I had another thought about that. Auden works for Aspen Skiing Co. who is the largest employer in the valley. It appears that Auden knows who

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Letter: Another beautiful Winter Olympics

February 11, 2018 — I have always been exhilarated by the Olympics, particularly the winter kind. The 1980 Lake Placid and the 2010 Vancouver games were two of the most thrilling sporting events I can remember. But this year's PyeongChong games give me a special warm feeling in my

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YouthEntity Kudos: Feb. 11, 2018

February 10, 2018 — New engineering program preparing students for future I would like to extend my gratitude to the generous sponsors of our new Engineering and Construction Co. program, collaboration between YouthEntity and industry professionals that help students prepare for work and careers after high school. Our sponsors

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Applauding Colbert’s openness

February 9, 2018 — "Colbert: Life, death and football" (The Aspen Times, Jan. 20), revealed Austin Colbert's personal mental struggles, … beautifully written, I applaud his openness and hope others will do the same. It's the only way to, hopefully, save oneself from oneself. Ruth Harrison Aspen

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Fossil fuels aren’t clean energy

February 9, 2018 — Kudos to Xcel Energy for their plans to shut down two coal burning power plants in Garfield County and replace them with "clean" energy plants. Unfortunately, their definition of clean includes natural gas. Actually, the total carbon footprint of natural gas, including extraction techniques like

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