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It’s the Federal Reserve, stupid

August 17, 2019

I’m still waiting for one of the presidential candidates to get their hands dirty and dig out the actual root of our problems; the same dark, decrepit root that led to the American Revolution. That...


Something to chew on

August 17, 2019

It would be nice if Aspen could use the extra tobacco tax collected for education, but Maurice Emmer and Emzy Veazy wouldn’t approve of it! Carl Heck Aspen


Has Heck seen a ‘real firearm’?

August 17, 2019

If Carl Heck thinks a .22-caliber weapon is sufficient to defend his life and home (“Know the guns you speak of,” letters, Aug. 14, aspentimes.com), one wonders whether he has ever seen a real firearm....


Observations about Aspen’s parking system

August 17, 2019

I note the proposal by Edward Sanditen to build a new bridge across Marolt and Castle Creek (“Aspen’s traffic problem solved,” letters, Aug. 13, aspentimes.com). It is an idea which has been put forward by...


Debt rising under Trump, GOP

August 17, 2019

We are experiencing fiscal insanity. Donald Trump and Congress approved a two-year budget increasing our $21 trillion debt by $320 billion. The Federal Reserve chair in 1980, Paul Volcker, said a $500 million increase in...


Aspen firemen’s time is money

August 15, 2019

Regarding the plan not to pay our volunteer fireman: We view this with outrage, not outreach. The generation of volunteer fireman is quickly aging out. The idea of not paying our firemen to risk their...


Pandora expansion runs counter with community values

August 15, 2019

Pandora expansion runs counter with community values Excerpt from letter sent to Board of County Commissioners regarding the Aspen Skiing Co. Pandora expansion for its Aug. 21 meeting: “ASC has been a corporate leader and...


Give the Mulcahys a chance, Torre

August 14, 2019

Dear Mayor Torre, I am writing this note to you as a close friend of Sandy and Lee Mulcahy. Since Bud Mulcahy and his family first began working on their home in Aspen, I heard...


Making the switch to electric vehicles

August 14, 2019

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners has identified climate action as one of its top three strategic goals. In Pitkin County, the transportation sector contributes 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, the second largest localized...


Know the guns you speak of

August 14, 2019

It appears Maurice Emmer has never fired a weapon? If the white nationalist shooter in El Paso had a .22-caliber instead of an assault rifle, maybe he wouldn’t have killed anyone. Carl Heck Aspen


Aspen’s traffic problem solved

August 13, 2019

If you have been in Aspen this summer, you probably noticed the traffic backup coming into town all morning long. Well, I think to solve the issue we should persuade Snowmass Village to build another...


Round up the Roundup

August 13, 2019

I recently took a sentimental journey to the place where my mother grew up and I lived for four years in the ’70s, the Camas Prairie at the base of the Idaho panhandle. This is...


ICE raids lift job market

August 13, 2019

I must say, the potential array of applicants waiting in line to fill the 680 job openings created by ICE raids at the Koch Foods chicken processing plant in Morton, Mississippi, appears quite impressive and...


Willful, blissful ignorance by GOP

August 12, 2019

That the Republicans reportedly act so Pollyanna-ish in today’s world illustrates their complete lack of understanding of our current dangerous political situation. They all must be smoking whatever it is that Maurice Emmer does each...


What do we do about gun violence?

August 12, 2019

How do we stop gun violence in the United States? As one who is very concerned about gun violence occurring in major cities and in the form of mass shooting, I am uncertain about what...


Epstein’s Hoodini act

August 12, 2019

Hmmmm … taken off suicide watch when he attempted earlier. How many politicians and big-shots in Hollywood could have been indicted? Michael Dobson Aspen


Roll with the technological changes

August 12, 2019

Technological change is happening faster and faster. Sometimes it’s because a better technology comes along, sometimes it’s because our morals and values evolve, and often it is both. Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist, spoke about...


Albright is no hero

August 12, 2019

Madeleine Albright crowing in the paper about being a refugee to the U.S. Her wrongheaded ideas while in office helped get a lot of people killed, hundreds of thousands of them children. She did a...


Aspen airport inconvenient by design

August 12, 2019

Leonard Koppett, a New York Times reporter is to have said, “Whatever creates the most inconvenience for the most people must happen.” With that in mind, I am writing to remind all government entities involved...


Grump over Trump

August 12, 2019

I hope Joe Biden becomes the Democrat candidate for president. Then the presidential election could be the perfect sequel to the wonderful movie “Grumpy Old Men.” Eric Simon Snowmass Village