Roses and Thorns | AspenTimes.com

Roses and Thorns

A thorn goes the Basalt Town Council for its inability to resolve the issue of outdoor television use in its fair burg. While some members have taken consistent stances, a few swing votes keep swinging and keeping the issue alive. Outdoor TVs have been debated at least four times by the council. That’s more than the board discussed the more important issues of dissension within the police department in late 2012 and more than the evictions of town residents from the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park. Enough already. We’re all for informed decisions, but the debate has gone on long enough on outdoor TVs.

Roses go to Steve Ketchum, who on Friday announced that he is stepping down as the head coach of the Aspen High School boys basketball team.

Ketchum, 55, said he is stepping down so he can focus his time on his wife, Mardi, and their five adopted sons who range from eighth grade to third grade.

Ketchum certainly left his mark on AHS basketball, compiling a record of 282-108 during his 16 years at the helm. He also was 172-40 in Western Slope League games over those same 16 seasons, and 41-4 in conference play over the last three season.

Most important, Ketchum left an indelible mark on the lives of those he coached, and emphasized the rewards of hard work both on and off the court.

A thorn goes to the Snowmass Village Town Council for not taking a stand on recreational marijuana. At a work session Wednesday, the Snowmass Village Town Council came to the same conclusion they did six months ago: to wait while they see how the changes unfold in other municipalities. All across the state, cities and towns are making laws to either prohibit or regulate the sale of recreational marijuana. It’s time to do the same here. After all, it seems unlikely that an application for such a business will be submitted to the town anyway. So what’s the big deal? Don’t vote to extend a temporary ban and leave it at that, Snowmass. Do the work and make a call.


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