Roses and Thorns
Thorns to the Aspen-area residents and visitors who haven’t done their part to keep trash and food sources away from bears. Even occasional visitors should be aware of the issues Aspen faces with bruins this time of year. If they aren’t, shame on the property-management companies handling their homes or condos. Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife had to kill two bears in Aspen last weekend. One broke into a Hunter Creek condo to get food, and the other was trying to bash through the dog door at a residence. Neither homeowner was doing anything wrong, but the bears had become habituated to human food sources. We’re all responsible for securing food all the time.
Roses to the local organizers of the USA Pro Challenge for earning the right to host the races for the fourth year. Forget all the discussion and hand-wringing over road closures and whether it boosts business. The bottom line is that the event is a lot of fun and keeps Aspen in the forefront of international sporting events.
Thorns to the person who, according to Mick Ireland, hit the former mayor because of his role on the Aspen City Council when it approved the construction of the Aspen Art Museum. Say what you will about the museum — it’s too tall, doesn’t fit Aspen, etc. — resorting to violence is a pathetic display of immaturity that doesn’t belong in Aspen or anywhere else.
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