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Aspen City Council: Tax, spend, repeat

February 25, 2020

Aspen City Council proposes to tax all informal short-term rentals because a $130 million annual budget just isn’t enough. Maurice Emmer Aspen


Glenwood knows what Glenwood needs

February 25, 2020

Having grown up in a small town that was once a mining town and became one of the premiere tourist towns (Aspen) in the nation, it is interesting to note I have never seen a...


Ignorant commentary about North Star

February 25, 2020

The piece in the recent Roses and Thorns article (Feb. 21, aspentimes.com) damning the hard work that’s being done to protect the North Star Preserve was both remarkably uninformed and self serving, perhaps by someone...


Force-feeding KAJX listeners

February 25, 2020

I once sat on a jury in Santa Barbara, California, where the foreman was of the mindset that father knew best and the jury were little kids sitting around a table just to learn from...


Plenty of alternatives to KAJX

February 24, 2020

Former KAJX classical music listeners, don’t despair. There is hope and a simple fix, by tuning into another FM radio station that happens to have outlets in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, as well as Aspen....


Diaper dandies on the Ridge of Bell

February 24, 2020

Three out-of-date Aspen Ski Club hacks (Stapleton, Marolt, Semple) trying to pick their way down the Ridge of Bell will be a sight to see indeed. Perhaps you three can get some sponsorship money from...


Curious moves in Basalt

February 24, 2020

First, Basalt forcibly removes a block of affordable housing, then creates an open park and emphasizes the need for a restaurant on the site. Is the Roaring Fork Valley bubble really that “too big to...


Weinstein pardon forthcoming?

February 24, 2020

Curious if Donald Trump will pardon this guy Harvey Weinstein? Weinstein was big supporter of the Republican party! Michael Dobson Aspen


Glenn Drummond for Basalt Town Council

February 24, 2020

I have had the pleasure of knowing Glenn Drummond for the past 12 years. I have come to know him as a person who has the wisdom and insight to educate himself on issues that...


Smuggle that dog poop away

February 24, 2020

Hiking up Smuggler is so great, but peeps are not picking up their pooch’s pooopies! Also, leaving your bag of poopies is not the answer. Dogs are the best, so owners be “good picker-uppers!” Dusty...


Here’s an Aspen Idea

February 24, 2020

If you’re going to an all-news public radio format with a team of baby-faced cub reporters, why not have a Pulitzer Prize winner at the helm to mentor them? It’s really unfair — if not...


Please spare Aspen area mountain lions

February 24, 2020

When I lived on an appropriately named promontory near the confluence of the Snake and Salmon rivers in Idaho called Icicle Flats, a mountain lion family was no more than a mile away. I seldom...



Crocodile tears for KAJX DJs

February 24, 2020

This letter concerning the unfairness of it all concerning KAJX’s DJs has been delayed due to my need for more and still more Kleenex. Having temporarily recovered, I’d like to point out that no one...


Three Aspen skiing tips for Roger Marolt

February 24, 2020

It’s hard for me to fathom that wannabe ski instructor Roger Marolt had the gall to write a column full of “ski tips” (“A tale of ski tips,” Feb. 21, aspentimes.com). I don’t even know...



Take Aspen public — all of it

February 22, 2020

The kerfuffle over programming at Aspen “Public” Radio inspires me to recommend that City Council confiscate all retail and hospitality businesses in Aspen. Run them the “public” way: by a committee of the loudest mouths...



SkyCab could solve Aspen’s traffic woes

February 22, 2020

Finally, something most people agree on — the almost all-day traffic gridlock from the airport to Aspen’s roundabout ranges from 20 to 30 minutes each way on a clear day, and it doesn’t seem like...


Democrat debate was a disgrace

February 20, 2020

I am sickened and disgusted with the total lack of civility in our government and in the presidential race. I thought maybe, somehow, the Democrats would rise above the brutal attacks and name calling. Thursday...