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Letter: Other side to the story

On Wednesday, the deputy director for Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority lied to the Aspen Daily News (“APCHA wants homeowner to pay $63,254 during appeal,” Aug. 18).

She said the city of Aspen didn’t demand that my family sell the house we built for $180,481 while we were in rural Kenya.

She didn’t stop with that whopper. She continued: “Mulcahy never submitted any construction documentation.”

The housing authority is out of control. In October, I took both my construction and employment documentation to the deputy director pursuant to an email I received from the qualifications director that would have required the housing authority to accept art as a profession, since she had already disqualified my other two jobs.

Instead, the housing authority’s deputy director refused to look at the construction and employment documentation, simply stating the director had decided to sue me instead, using your tax money.

In addition, the city of Aspen’s comical abuse of power is further illustrated by the fact that the city wants over $63,254 in rent and legal fees on the house my family built ourselves before we can appeal while refusing to allow us to rent rooms pursuant to its guidelines. If you’re confused, you’re not alone: The city of Aspen wants rent from a family’s house but refuses to allow them to rent a room?

The new judge never allowed a hearing or mentioned the reason for the “trip to Africa.” We were delivering used laptops and installing a water pipe from a water well Aspen residents had drilled in 2012 to a newly built medical dispensary. The used laptops were donated by individuals, churches and synagogues in the Roaring Fork Valley and Texas. The pipe was bought utilizing funds donated by generous Colorado and Texas residents in honor of my dad, who had just passed, Edward Lee “Bud” Mulcahy.

To that end, we’re still collecting used laptops for 2017. Drop them off at St. Mary’s, St. Stephens or the Aspen Jewish Community Center, or call me and we’ll come pick them up!

Lastly, we’re having a community barbecue honoring our law enforcement here in the Roaring Fork Valley: the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Aspen Police Department, on Sept. 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the “outlaw” Mulcahy house at 53 Forge at Burlingame Ranch behind the Maroon Creek Club. RSVP to 970-429-8797.

Lee Mulcahy

Aspen


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