Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

Thorns go to the mud. It may still be ski season on the slopes, but it’s mud season in town. Mud on the dogs’ paws, mud on the kids’ shoes, mud on the floors, cars and, well, everywhere. A sloppy mess. Bring on summer, but even so, some roses to Aspen Skiing Co. for adding two bonus weekends to the ski season on Aspen Mountain.

A lifetime of roses for the two good Samaritans who stopped to pull an injured dog off Highway 82 at Holland Hills during heavy rush-hour traffic at 6:40 a.m. Friday, and for the Basalt police officer who accompanied one of the rescuers to 24 Hour Emergency Pet Care.

The dog wandered into heavy traffic, got hit and was immobilized in the left upvalley lane. The dog appeared terrified and motorists in the wave of traffic immediately after the accident were facing a conundrum on how to help without risking their own injury or causing an accident. Fortunately, the good Samaritans figured out how to help. The dog was reported in good condition.

Thorns to one of the trash companies for spewing garbage all over Highway 82 after departing the dump and heading downvalley at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Look, we know nobody is actually trying to pollute, but more care has to be taken to make sure a dumpster or exposed part of a garbage truck is cleared of trash when unloading. It makes no sense from a PR standpoint for a trash hauler to build ill will by having plastic bags and paper debris flying out while heading down the road.

Roses to the Basalt election judges who worked from roughly 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to make sure the election ran smoothly. The veteran crew of Jodi Baker Tankersley, Margaret McLaughlin, Vonda Williams and Maureen Fitzpatrick answer the bell whenever Basalt holds an election. Now, if only Basalt voters were committed to doing their job. Fewer than 20 percent of active and inactive voters bothered to vote.