Letter: Without representation
According to the Colorado census, there are at least 6,000 people living in Aspen. The election numbers seem to be such a small percentage of residents to voters. I would like to see a news story explaining that. Six thousand people and only a small percentage of them voting? Looking into what defines a corrupt mayor, I found an interesting articlefrom February 2014 in the Daily Beast titled “A mob-defying former mayor knows why New Jersey is so corrupt.” Here is a small quote from that: “A few years ago working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office then headed by one Chris Christie, the infamous federal informer Solomon Dwek helped put three mayors and two state legislators into the slammer primarily by pretending to be a real estate developer offering money in exchange for zoning help. Not too many so-called public servants declined his offer.”
Earlier, the article states, “The law of supply and demand applies to New Jersey real estate: there is very little of it and strong demand for it. Land in New Jersey is worth a fortune. Corrupt politicians sell their souls for power or money, and the dense development of land is where the action is. It’s as simple as that.”
Finally, it states, “The normally straight-talking Christie has been unusually silent recently. He seems like the proverbial three monkeys all wrapped up in one — ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.’ But evil seems to be everywhere, and if the governor doesn’t come clean quickly, he has a better chance of landing in the Big House than in the White House.”
Editor’s note: Officials told The Aspen Times for a story in the May 7 edition that voter turnout for the May 5 Aspen municipal election was 2,542, which they said was two votes fewer than the record-high turnout for an Aspen city election, set in 2009.
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