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There’s more to the Pitkin County solar farm story

November 15, 2019

Your reporter chose to report on my exchange with the board, leaving out the reason: The board was allowed unlimited time to express their opinions (Commissioner Steve Child used approximately 17 minutes), while the comments...


Climate change’s chilling effect

November 15, 2019

Climate change and the dangers of rising water has just passed the tipping point. There was a storm surge reported in Venice, Italy. The mayor blamed it on climate change and the sea level rising....


Officeholders’ priorities out of whack

November 15, 2019

The Commie County commissioners honestly believe that despoiling 35 acres of wilderness near Woody Creek can compensate for thousands of Chinese and Indian coal-fired power plants. Trumpeting tired virtue-signaling claims, like, “millions of plants and...


Putin on the Ritz

November 15, 2019

Vladimir Putin is very happy! He wanted to divide America and his lapdog puppet Dobnald Trump has succeeded! Carl Heck Aspen


More alarming thoughts

November 15, 2019

Dorothea Farris, I’m sure the volunteers know there’s a call with a cellphone or radio! (“The history behind Aspen’s noon siren,” letters, Nov. 11, aspentimes.com). I love the history of the noon bell ringing you...


Pushed around by the telecom industry

November 14, 2019

Nobody likes a bully and no one likes to be bullied. Yet, our community is on the verge of being bullied by a very big bully. The telecommunication industry is one of the largest and...


Reasons for driving to Aspen schools

November 14, 2019

Regarding the article “City officials look to Aspen schools to help ease traffic” and the online comments made, here is a tiny list of reasons people drive: • District employees going to work • Preschool...


Aspen going in circles on traffic studies

November 14, 2019

Here we go again. Another traffic study. It’s reported that our City Council wants to spend $100,000 on a traffic study of the roundabout (“CDOT gives Aspen roundabout ‘D’ grade; city council considers $100k for...


Radical Islam on trial

November 14, 2019

In the summer of 2014, Nadia Murad was a 21-year-old sex slave of the Islamic State. Her penultimate owner was a judge of ISIS. He raped her every day when he had the time. When...


The future is Saturday at Aspen Middle School

November 14, 2019

Hundreds of middle school students will head to the Aspen School District campus on Saturday to compete in the Mountain Qualifier for First Lego League. These young innovators from Aspen, Basalt, Glenwood Springs, Salida, Craig...


Music to my ears

November 14, 2019

Bells — whistles and sirens — the church bells rang out in joy in 1945 at the end of World War II. They still do each day! The train whistle blew every day in the...


One bullet is all it takes

November 11, 2019

A friend of mine takes target practice with an assault rifle. I don’t get that. One .22 caliber bullet right in the middle of the bull’s eye should assuage his male ego. Obliterating the target...



The history behind Aspen’s noon siren

November 11, 2019

Perhaps, if Michael Dobson understood the reason for the “air raid signal” at noon each day, he might be more understanding of the choice between church bells and a fire siren (“Doves over hawks,” letters,...


Making care giving easier

November 11, 2019

Today, 73,000 Coloradans are living with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Last year, 252,000 of their family members and friends provided 287 million hours of unpaid care to support their journey living with the...


Doves over hawks

November 10, 2019

Thank god that Aspen is bringing back the church bells. So much better than the air raid signal at noon everyday. Michael Dobson Aspen


Parking for the peasantry

November 10, 2019

Positive responses to my suggestion of making valet parking available only to locals who qualify under Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority guidelines got me thinking about other possibilities. Why shouldn’t self-parking in town require a permit...


Clarifying Centennial story

November 10, 2019

Regarding the Friday story about Centennial affordable housing (“City of Aspen looking to spend $10 million to preserve rent-controlled apartments,” aspentimes.com) two factual points and an opinion: First, and most important: The unusual expiration time...


Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers

November 9, 2019

Surfing the wave of gray The Carbondale Age-Friendly Community Initiative (CAFCI) invites you to assemble at the Third Street Center from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. There’s a gray wave washing over America....


Tweet All About It: A surplus of second houses

November 9, 2019

Each week, we pick out our favorite and not-so-favorite tweets (at least those that are printable) about Aspen and display them on Sunday’s page A2. “now going uphill is de rigueur in #aspen #colorado #skiing”...