Letter: Shades of Hunter | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Shades of Hunter

Aspen! In the 2014 statewide election, only 34 percent of Aspen voters younger than 30 voted. We can do better — much better.

Register to vote at http://www.pitkinvotes.org before Monday, or visit the Aspen Jewish Community Center on Main Street through Election Day, Nov. 3.

Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke moved here in 1945 and brought about dramatic changes that propelled Aspen out of the "Quiet Years" and onto the international stage as a ski resort and cultural center. Aspen's revivalists were initially met with resistance from the old guard.

In the '60s and '70s, a new wave of Aspenintes, with Hunter S. Thompson at the forefront, provoked change that would further shape Aspen's cultural and social values. This "Freak Power" also was met with resistance from the old guard, culminating with Hunter's unsuccessful campaign for sheriff in 1970. That Freak Power impact is still felt today.

Your voice matters now more than ever as our community faces the challenge of what "Keep Aspen, Aspen" really means. Will we vote to unilaterally resist all change or vote to constructively shape our future?

Our mayor and elected city officials have demonstrated concern for our diminishing affordable-lodging bed base and supported this project, as well as other lodge incentive programs, last spring.

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I am in support of Base2 and will vote "yes" on 2A on Nov. 3. As a local business owner, I believe this project would help encourage a younger demographic to visit Aspen.

Learn the truth about the ballot measures, including 2A, and then vote!

Duncan Clauss

Aspen Brewing Co.