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3A is not a tax increase

October 15, 2019

Fellow Basaltines, please vote “yes” on ballot question 3A to maintain fiscal strength and ensure our current level of governmental services. The measure is not a tax increase; it preserves the present tax rate. Ballots...


3A the right way for Basalt

October 15, 2019

Dear Basaltines, Please join me in voting “yes” to 3A to keep our property taxes at their current rate. The town of Basalt is a very efficient municipality and doesn’t deserve a revenue shortfall for...


Eight is enough

October 15, 2019

Eight weed shops (dispensaries) One gas station Aspen Up in smoke! Michael Dobson Aspen


Turning the tables on climate change

October 15, 2019

In Alaska, attorneys for 16 young Alaskans have sued over state climate change policy. They are trying to shut down fossil fuels and arguing their case before Alaska Supreme Court justices. They are claiming that...


Aspen bridge in too dangerous a state

October 15, 2019

Another OMG, are you kidding me, moment. The Aspen Times recently reported an engineer working on the prior Castle Creek Bridge repair was afraid to put too much asphalt down due to worries that could...


The difference between teaching and politicizing

October 15, 2019

This is in response to several letters to the editor and comments I have read berating the parents who voiced their concerns to the school board. One comment I read online called it cowardly that...


3A’s passage will help Basalt move forward

October 14, 2019

As a resident of Basalt, I am happy to support ballot issue 3A and am in favor of keeping the current property-tax mill levy. I do not believe there was any purposeful ignoring, or ignorance...


If you collapse it, they won’t come

October 14, 2019

Northern California residents live in pre-industrial conditions (no power) because decades of lefty policies loaded up PG&E with unaffordable renewable energy requirements while rates were insufficient to maintain infrastructure. The Oct. 11 Aspen Times’ report...


3A a win-win for Basalt

October 14, 2019

Basalt citizens should vote “yes” on item 3A. Going into the November elections most of Basalt has heard or read about the misinterpretation of Colorado’s TABOR law and the resulting over-collection of property taxes in...


Pitkin County tobacco tax is good for our health

October 14, 2019

I’m asking for your support of the tobacco sales tax, ballot question 1A, in your ballots mailed out Monday, or at the polls on Nov. 5. I can tell you that current Colorado state tobacco...


Here comes a recession

October 14, 2019

Trump’s boasting about a strong economy is getting boring. Yes, the economy seems good, for now. But Trump has no business taking credit for it. The recovery was started by Obama’s stimulus acts before anyone...


State’s irresponsible spending exposed

October 14, 2019

State legislators have already overspent the 2020 budget by more than $100 million. You read that correctly — $100 million. If you’re like me, you’re wondering how this is possible and why the legislature didn’t...


Hartzell and Virgili for CMC

October 14, 2019

Colorado Mountain College has two contested trustee positions on the fall ballot. Our current trustees in Garfield and Lake counties representing CMC are term limited, and the positions are now open for voters throughout the...


Medicare for All is the answer

October 13, 2019

The description of the Valley Health Alliance appears to be a great step forward to reduce healthcare expenditures and insurance premiums. However, the problem I have with this approach as well as other similar alliances...


3A means stable funding for Basalt

October 13, 2019

As your elected representative on Basalt Town Council, I am writing to apologize for not recognizing the taxing issue earlier. I always thought that the 1994 vote by Basalt citizens allowed the town to adjust...


Buddy up in Basalt

October 13, 2019

As the Buddy Program celebrates 25 years of serving youth and families in Basalt, we are so excited to invite the community to our fall Big Buddy Recruitment event at Capitol Creek Brewery in Willits...


You can’t run from climate change

October 13, 2019

Wow, some parents of Aspen School District students are upset about talk of climate crisis (“Some Aspen parents are hot about schools’ climate change talk,” Oct. 10, aspentimes.com). Don’t let them search news.google.com for Stephen...


MIGA

October 12, 2019

Donald Trump — making ISIS great again! Carl Heck Aspen


3A supports Basalt’s future

October 12, 2019

Basalt government has made some mistakes in the past, but asking for a “yes” vote on 3A is not one of them. By voting “yes,” residents are keeping the real estate taxes at their current...


We can save the planet together

October 12, 2019

Greetings from an Aspen native! I am writing in regards to the article about the climate change issue (“Some Aspen parents are hot about schools’ climate change talk,” Oct. 10, aspentimes.com). I understand some parents...