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Guest commentary: Five great years at Colorado Mountain College

October 19, 2018 — As the Board of Trustees of Colorado Mountain College, we have a solemn duty to advance the mission of the college and, in doing so, serve the dozens of communities that make up CMC's vast geographic service area. This is accomplished in a number of

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Guest commentary: Ireland sets program of reform for assessor race

October 18, 2018 — My first encounter with the world of taxation came at age 7 when I was paid for my first day as a cashier at Ireland's Oyster House. After my grandfather died, my grandmother needed help at the family restaurant and I was volunteered by my

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She Said, He Said: Getting it out of his system or bad sign for future?

October 15, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, One of my closest friends is getting married, and I'm fairly certain her fiance is cheating on her. We live in a small town, and there have been multiple rumors of him sleeping with other women. There's even talk that he's

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Guest commentary: RFTA board chair gives reasons, support for Question 7A

October 14, 2018 — "On Board with RFTA" is the campaign for question 7A on this November's ballot. 7A is a 2.65-mill property tax question, along with bonding authority. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's board of directors unanimously placed the property-tax question on the November ballot in the six

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Scott Bayens: Pitkin County’s Robin Hood program

October 13, 2018 — There is an innovative little program unique to Pitkin County, one the general public is mostly unaware of. It is one part conservation effort — effectively limiting and controlling development in rural and remote areas. On the other hand, it promotes growth and is mainly

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Guest commentary: Bamesberger sets platform for assessor race

October 12, 2018 — I would like to introduce myself, I am Deb Bamesberger and I am running for Pitkin County Assessor. I have worked for the current assessor, Tom Isaac, for more than 6 1/2 years. (Tom encouraged me to run as his successor.) Tom has been a

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Guest commentary: There are solid options in health care reform

October 11, 2018 — Many people are hesitant to adopt a government-run, universal, single-payer health insurance in one fell swoop. They ask about incremental reform, and retaining a role for private insurance companies. They wonder why this can't be tested in individual states, like legalization of marijuana and same-sex

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Giving Thought: El Jebel playground brings entire valley together

October 10, 2018 — Valley Settlement doesn't build playgrounds, but when a chance arose to replace a neighborhood playground demolished by a new traffic roundabout in El Jebel, the midvalley nonprofit jumped at the opportunity. Executive Director Jon Fox-Rubin said it took a partnership of five public, private and

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Valley Life for All column: Meet Christie Henderson, redefining the perception of challenge

October 9, 2018 — Editor's note: The Aspen Times, in conjunction with Valley Life For All, continues a monthly series of profiles about people in our community who have different abilities. Twenty-seven percent of Americans experience some disability. One hundred percent are a part of our community. Each has

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Judson Haims: Studying pregnancy locally is leading to national conversation

October 8, 2018 — Pregnancy and its effects on a woman's longevity and health has little consensus among scientist. Until recently, pregnancy was thought to not only age women, but also have negative consequence on their health. Locally, Dr. Johnny Huard, chief scientific officer of the Steadman Philippon Research

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Littwin: To catch Polis, Stapleton needs to add drama to the campaign — but maybe not too much

October 7, 2018 — For those of us political junkies who have been desperately awaiting a poll in this sparsely-polled governor's race, we finally have one. And, I'm afraid to say, it's a huge disappointment. The poll, jointly conducted by reputable Democratic and Republican firms, shows Jared Polis with

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Guest commentary: Single-payer health care likely less disruptive, better for economy

October 4, 2018 — Many people fear that moving abruptly to a single-payer system, as in expanding and improving Medicare to cover everyone, would be disruptive and might wreck the economy. I believe that the only areas that may face any disruption would be the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

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She Said, He Said: Life of a high performer means revisiting playbook

October 1, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, I am a professional athlete somewhere in the middle of the life of my career. I've hit a bit of plateau and think that some of the struggle to raise my game has to do with my marriage. When my wife

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Guest commentary: ‘Solastalgia’ as a catalyzing force for action

September 30, 2018 — I peered outside our living-room window to see a thick haze hanging over the hills of Missouri Heights. A thin outline of Mount Sopris could be seen in the distance; her fine, distinct contours masked by the haze. This was Day 27 of the Lake

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Guest commentary: Having ‘skin in game’ not smartest way to run health care

September 27, 2018 — Traditional Medicare and most for-profit insurance plans pay 80 percent of approved charges, with the insured person responsible for the balance. Most plans also require out-of-pocket deductibles and copayments. The reasoning for this is that having people responsible for part of the cost of medical

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We should all be more like ‘The Bluebird Man’

September 26, 2018 — Each of us holds one or two central truths — bedrock beliefs that influence how we perceive the world. One of mine is that humans have been the scourge of life on Earth. It started at age 6, with my sympathy for Bambi. Later, I

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Giving Thought: Aspen Community Foundation learning, educating after Lake Christine Fire

September 24, 2018 — No one really expects disasters to happen — until they do. It's been nearly three months since the Lake Christine Fire ignited, opening our eyes to the havoc and devastation a wildfire can inflict on our community. Of course, we know that wildfires are a

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Judson Haims: Exploring pregnancy and how it relates to longevity, bone health

September 24, 2018 — Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part series summarizing research presented at the fourth annual Vail Scientific Summit, held Aug. 19 to 21. The next installment Oct. 9 will look into Dr. Johnny Huard's work related to pregnancy and delve into how

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Guest commentary: Supporting Aspen’s 2A is a start, group says

September 23, 2018 — We believe a "yes" vote on ballot initiative 2A to change Aspen's local election day will result in more voter participation, a more representative government and strong support for and defense of our democratic system. Thanks to a successful petition campaign, a question now known

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Guest commentary: Follow the money to health care’s undue administrative costs

September 20, 2018 — Last year, the United States spent around $3.5 trillion on health care. As there are about 325 million of us, that comes to a bit over $10,000 per person. Not only is that twice the per-person average that other industrialized countries spend, at around 18

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