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Roses and Thorns

Thorns go to members of the Snowmass Village Town Council for their infighting over the contract of interim Town Manager Gary Suiter. Regardless of how Suiter landed this sweet deal — worth more than $17,000 a month for his 32 hours a week — council members have shown poor leadership when discussing the matter. It now appears to become a battle of wills and egos — much like what we see in Washington, D.C.

Roses go to Chris Lane, of ACES, and Sloan Shoemaker of the Wilderness Workshop, for organizing a 50th birthday party to celebrate the signing of the 1964 Wilderness Act that established 54 wilderness areas, including the Maroon Bells. Pitkin County deserves something to celebrate.

Roses to District Attorney Sherry Caloia’s office for filing a motion to unseal the Nancy Pfister homicide case. It was understandable why the case was under wraps when all three of the suspects had not been arrested. But it’s time to unseal the case — this was a horrible crime that the public has a right to know about.

Thorns to our very own columnist, Roger Marolt, for dragging writer Tony Vagneur into Marolt’s annual spitting contest — you know, the back and forth letters to the editor — with Aspen Daily News columnist Lo Semple. C’mon, Roger, we know you’re better than that (but you sure have a wicked sense of humor).


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