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3A supports Basalt’s critical services

October 16, 2019

The recent snow reminded me that soon Basalt’s hardworking Public Works were up at 5 AM plowing snow and making it possible and safe for you to get to work or wherever you had to...


Election picks

October 16, 2019

In Basalt, I’d urge you to vote “yes” on 3A, which maintains property tax at existing rates. It’s not a tax increase, despite misleading language on the ballot. It has nothing to do with your...


3A will keep Basalt above water

October 16, 2019

The residents of Basalt deserve a big thank you for their patience during the last few months and years. We have suffered through fires, floods and economic recession that have challenged both our community and...


Motorists pay price for shoddy bridge work

October 16, 2019

I would like to know who was responsible for awarding the contract to rebuild the Castle Creek Bridge. After putting up with a summer of inconvenience for everyone, we are now subjected to numerous repairs...


Violence escalates thanks to executive ignorance

October 16, 2019

Our current incompetent leadership has far-ranging consequences. One-hundred years ago the assassination of a European royal started as a small, seemingly limited event but grew rapidly to World War I. That tragic conflict led, just...


Vote 3A for Basalt

October 16, 2019

Fellow Basaltines, I hope you will join me in supporting ballot issue 3A. In a nutshell, our property taxes will remain at the level they are now, 5.957 mils. 3A is not a tax increase....


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...