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Roses and Thorns

Roses go to the city of Aspen for planting geraniums, pansies, petunias, snap dragons, poppies and marigolds in the tree planters around town. They look and smell like springtime.

Thorns also are in store for the city of Aspen for spending $616,000 on the Gondola Plaza intersection. As the project nears completion, many locals are scratching their heads, wondering if the juice was worth the squeeze. Yes, a smoother transition between street and sidewalk might result in improved safety. But that’s a lot of money to spend on a sidewalk — money that might have been better spent on more pressing needs.



Roses go to Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28. She was a true American author and poet who graced this planet with her eloquence and courage.




Thorns to County Commissioner Michael Owsley for not giving the rest of the commissioners notice that he was going to leave the Wednesday meeting by 7 p.m. The meeting concerned the Celestial Land Co.’s attempt to gain approval to develop the Celestial property off of Maroon Creek Road and was expected to last until at least 10 p.m., but was cut short when Owsley left. The commissioners couldn’t risk a 2-2 determination vote and continued the meeting until June 9, when the commissioners will decide on a date that will work for both parties.

Thorns go to Veterans Affairs officials in Phoenix for allegedly covering up long waiting times for veterans seeking medical care. According to The New York Times, 1,700 veterans were mishandled. Average wait times for primary-care appointments were reported as 24 days by the VA, when in fact, they were left waiting on average for 115 days.

Thorns to Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop for taking 10 days off this month and depriving residents and tourists of their incredible homemade doughnuts.

A rose to the 400-plus people who attended the Memorial Day ceremony and barbecue that followed. In its 27 years of existence, the ceremony has become an important community event and reminder of the men and women who have sacrificed themselves for this country.


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