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Nonprofits would benefit from FAMLI Act

April 23, 2019

I direct a small nonprofit with not a penny extra, and I am in full support of House Bill 188, the FAMLI Act. This law would give employees partial pay replacement during a personal or...


Aspen is overgrown, its residents overtaxed

April 23, 2019

Regarding the Aspen Daily News article of April 15 — “City Hall/Municipal Workers” — the times have changed! What a difference the years make! Back in the early ‘50s, it was just Puppy Smith, John...


A Beaton column I can agree with

April 22, 2019

A compliment to Glenn Beaton — I am almost always totally disagree with his views. On Easter Sunday, though, he produced an excellent column with which I fully agree (“In an age of terror, what...


Aspen City Hall mastodon

April 22, 2019

The new city hall is massive. The open space of Galena Plaza will give way to a dead-end courtyard. The building flaunts the building city’s own building code. Why does the city need so much...


Let it blossom, let it flow

April 22, 2019

Start growing! The weather is variable but many plants like the cool weather. The Basalt Community Garden is open and now accepting applications from gardeners of all varieties — flower gardeners, vegetable gardeners, young gardeners,...


A natural reaction to a witch-hunt

April 21, 2019

The CIA and FBI chased a fictitious rumor that led to no finding of a crime committed by the president or his campaign. But the president’s complaints about the investigation, complaints that were prompted by...


All the president’s liars

April 21, 2019

Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and William Barr. What a lying group of worthless sacks of … I mean, most politicians lie here and there, but these criminals do it everyday. Without shame. I feel...


Marijuana has lost its luster

April 21, 2019

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “people who use marijuana or are involved with it in any way fail to have ‘good moral character,’ a prerequisite for people who have legal permanent residence...



Your time is up, freeloading Aspenites

April 19, 2019

Wow, I feel like I’ve spent too much time complaining about Aspen’s socialist policies and about and the constant demands of the freeloader voters who pretend to be accomplished and intelligent. How’d it feel when...


Tired of the potholes on Highway 82

April 19, 2019

Thank you, CDOT, for repairing potholes on Highway 82. Can I send you my shredded front tire as a token of my appreciation? Carl Heck Aspen


Aspen government vulnerable with no controls

April 18, 2019

It saddens the community to see a family devastated by misguided conduct. Yet a cautionary lesson lies in the saga of alleged theft from Aspen Skiing Co. Many ask, “How could this go undetected for...


PETA gives Aspen props for drones over fireworks

April 18, 2019

I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide, including many across Colorado, to commend you for choosing to replace...


Dispatchers — our unsung heros

April 17, 2019

This week there is a banner hanging over Aspen’s Main Street to recognize National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Please help us celebrate by thanking a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Every day the safety and lives of our...


The city of Aspen’s failure to communicate

April 17, 2019

At Monday night’s meeting during a public hearing, Aspen City Council is being asked to approve certificates of participation that will total approximately $60 million, which includes interest to build only the new Galena Plaza/Rio...


Bathroom door not working in Snowmass

April 16, 2019

Surely a multimillion-dollar ski area like Snowmass can afford a quality door to its rest-room facilities. The door under the Westin, just behind Snowmass Sports on the mall, has not been operable for 10 years....


Emotional politics

April 16, 2019

“The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt explains that people make decisions based on emotion, not logic. Once the emotional decision is made, arguments concocted by the “rational” mind are used to justify it. The arguments...


The Avs are Stanley Cup material

April 16, 2019

The first month of this 2018-2019 NHL hockey season found the Colorado Avalanche team the best in the league. Then for some reason, the Avalanche fell off a cliff and they started losing. Come March,...


Enough is enough at Aspen schools

April 15, 2019

Thank God for recently elected school board member Susan Zimet, who pointed out the horrific stats from the Wilson Foxen survey about the superintendent (“Aspen Board of Education weighs in on climate and culture survey,”...


Applauding Sen. Donovan’s stand

April 15, 2019

I attended the Senate’s discussion and final vote on the Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill (House Bill 19-1177) where I heard some legislators’ fears that the temporary removal of firearms could infringe on the rights...