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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...


Nice Aspen ad — with Telluride in the background

April 14, 2019

An observation: I noticed an attractive full-page ad in Friday’s Aspen Times placed by an Aspen restaurant that I was not familiar with named Betula. The ad was a simple statement of thanks to Aspen...


Icing on the winter cake

April 14, 2019

Hats off and thanks to the carrot-cake crew at Bumps for fueling my ski season while getting me to eat more vegetables for months. I look forward to “going downhill deliciously” next year! Bill Parish...


Let’s try this again with Werner Kuster

April 14, 2019

Our attempt to get a count of people who would like to celebrate Werner Kuster’s life (in Aspen the end of August) failed badly, so we are going to start over. Skip Bell is sending...


Feudal control in Basalt

April 13, 2019

The filmmaker Monty Python group missed a stupendous opportunity for a film featuring Basalt Town Council. Once again, Kansas-based Bruce Kimmel of Ehlers: “Leaders in Public Finance” has been engaged to advise Basalt regarding the...


Power to the gargoyles of Aspen

April 13, 2019

Gargoyles have two jobs to do — to drain water off of a roof and “to frighten off and protect those (buildings) that it guards, such as a church, from any evil or harmful spirits.”...


Who’s being obtuse?

April 13, 2019

A friend informed me he thought a letter I wrote to the papers was too obtuse for readers (“From the Department of Sarcasm,” April 9, The Aspen Times). That made me think. When I wrote...


Indigenous is the proper term

April 13, 2019

Indigenous is the proper term The misnomer “Native American” is a slap in the face to all indigenous red “Indian” nations and peoples. Terms like “first nations” imply that we got here “first” in front...


House Bill 1168 brings relief to health care woes

April 11, 2019

It’s past time that we see relief from unacceptably high health insurance premiums in Colorado’s western and rural communities. For a number of years now, our western counties have held the dubious distinction of paying...


Better housing, less PR

April 11, 2019

I could not believe when I read that the Aspen-Pitkin Housing Authority is spending money on a Fort Collins public relations communications firm. A better use of the money, in my opinion, would be to...


A disgraceful name for Aspen nightclub

April 11, 2019

I just came back from my lunch break where I usually check Twitter and was baffled to see a comment from one of our Colombian reporters mentioning there was a joint (no pun intended) called...


Cheap poison, bad results

April 11, 2019

With spring, the musty scents of wet earth budding forth fill the air. The grasses tussle with tiny violets and liverworts, while mosses green the dirt. Not long now until the plantains peek out between...