Mayor Mulcahy? Why not? | AspenTimes.com

Mayor Mulcahy? Why not?

I only know what I read in the newspapers, so maybe much of what follows is wrong. Then again, perceptions speak louder than facts, so here they are.

A great big corporation called Aspen Skiing Co., itself a mere side project of a far more massive financial empire, had an employee who wanted to unionize some of the corporation’s employees. The employee was fired and, apparently because he was distributing some form of literature on company property, was banned from ever setting foot on said property again — whether pamphleteering or not.

Hmm, say I, aren’t there all sorts of federal laws protecting those persons who try to organize unions from retribution by the companies who might face collective bargaining?

However, the ensuing court case appears to be in the Colorado state courts, which seems to me to be the wrong venue. Regardless, a great big right of universal interest is now being advocated by a former ski instructor with only enough resources to obtain some professional editing services for the legal briefs he is writing himself.

I have a bit of experience when it comes to opposing the local political establishment, but I’m pretty much sheltered from any risk by my absence of assets. It might be possible to pressure the local taxi company to stop leasing me a cab, but that would mean I’d be forced to take my Social Security benefits much sooner than planned. Finding myself too broke to leave my home, there would be nothing left but a word processor to fill my time. It’s a much better strategy to just ignore me.

Lee Mulcahy is not so lucky. By all accounts he has a very nice home in Burlingame. This home is under the administrative authority of the housing office, which wants him out. Whatever substantive issues might have existed for forcing Mulcahy to sell his home are no longer in question, having been swept aside by his failure to respond to a legal notice in a timely manner. Sure, that’s reason enough to force the sale of someone’s house — they probably do it all the time.

So, add to the list of people in Aspen who are afraid to speak out for fear of losing their job, all the people in Aspen who live there at the whim of the housing authority, and that creates a lot of quiet.

Now imagine if, in his role as candidate for mayor of Aspen, Lee were to poke the establishment in the eye with the biggest stick of all — advocating for a four-lane highway at the Entrance to Aspen. Rumor has it that he might do just that. A plague of locusts will descend upon him if they can find one.

My sense of mischief hasn’t been this titillated in ages. Dare I say it? Vote for Lee!

Meanwhile, how about holding the hearing that Lee neglected to request so that he can make his argument that he satisfies the housing guidelines, and how about having Skico stop acting petulant and paranoid by dropping their ban. Our courts have better things to do.

Jeffrey Evans

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