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Freak show

November 12, 2018 — Celebrations of the iconic Hunter Thompson's "Freak Kingdom" by Timothy Denevi provide another opportunity for identity politics to work their magic. Our two-party system and shape-shifting propagandized illusion of political intent will allow many Democrats to reassemble with others sharing and identifying with Thompson who

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John Colson: Matthew Whitaker should not be our national top cop

November 12, 2018 — And so it begins, again. Our president, confident as he is that the world revolves around him and no one else, has concluded that his side of the ongoing U.S. political divide really won the 2018 electoral battle, despite the fact that the Democrats will

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Aspen Community Theatre hits the high notes with ‘Big River’

November 12, 2018 — In 1986, our family went to the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. We remember many things about that trip, including the massive fireworks display marking the occasion. But what we all remember, and talk about the most, was seeing "Big

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She Said, He Said: Where is line between porn and cheating in a marriage?

November 12, 2018 — Dear Lori and Jeff, I recently discovered that my husband has been spending a lot of time viewing online porn. I've looked through some of the sites he's been on, but because some have different levels of interaction, I can't tell exactly what he's been

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Skico justified in taking over Gwyn’s

November 11, 2018 — With regard to all of the heartburn and angry comments regarding the Aspen Skiing Co. taking over the operations at Gwyn's, I indeed find such to be over the top. In case anyone needs reminding, the Skico is not a 501c3. I don't hear the

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Something nice to say about the city

November 11, 2018 — A good friend who sits on the Aspen City Council whined to me that he hopes he lives long enough to hear me say something positive about the city. I can do that. The improvements to Castle Creek Bridge, roadway upgrades, sidewalks and bus shelters:

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Another option for the Pan and Fork parcel

November 11, 2018 — Basalt Town Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday. The discussion includes a sketch plan application to build 28 residential units and three commercial buildings on the former Pan and Fork property. This is land is currently owned by the Community Development Corp., a nonprofit

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Sen. Gardner: Stand up to Trump

November 11, 2018 — This letter was originally addressed to Sen. Cory Gardner. Colorado voters in the 2018 midterm elections have said no to Trumpism. In several instances in the past year, I have heard you speak against Trump — with respect to Charlottesville, Virginia; family separation; Nato and

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Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument

November 11, 2018 — For over 80 years, indigenous people, connected for untold generations to a most unusual and enchanting portion of southwest Utah's landscape, urged the United States government to protect their homeland. None of those people who started that effort walk upon the Earth with us today,

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Paul Andersen: Factional dysfunction is our heritage

November 11, 2018 — "Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition … are apt to operate. Nothing could be more ill-judged than the intolerant spirit which has at all times characterized political parties." So observed Alexander Hamilton in 1787 in the Federalist Papers No. 1. Hamilton signed this nascent venture

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Kudos: Nov. 11, 2018

November 10, 2018 — Thank you for supporting local wildlife Roaring Fork Audubon, your local chapter of the National Audubon Society, would like to thank another great local institution, Paddywack's, for helping us with our annual bird seed sale. Please join us for free bird walks when we start

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Mike Littwin: The election is finally over, and now we know just how divided we really are

November 10, 2018 — Now that the elections are over, we can get back to our boring old lives in the land of TrumpWorld. Take Wednesday for starters. Jeff Sessions gets fired. The Robert Mueller investigation is under threat. Some Dems are calling it a constitutional crisis. The interim

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Tony Vagneur: Land rich, cash poor not a bad way to live the Aspen life

November 9, 2018 — If you read much about Aspen in magazines or other national rags, you get this "glitter gulch" syndrome pounded into your senses, wondering if maybe you didn't step off the curb wrong after leaving your favorite watering hole. I mean, bulls— can only pile up

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Lift One redevelopment great for Aspen

November 9, 2018 — This letter was originally addressed to Aspen City Council. What does the Lift One corridor plan mean to Aspen? It's really a culmination of our history and our future vision coming together to maintain the world-class skiing experience we are known for. The Lift One

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A thought on Veterans Day

November 9, 2018 — Veterans Day, "To all who have endured the insanity of war, the rage of combat, burdened by wounds, physical and mental, heroes whose sacrifice enabled freedom to continue her quest. Soldiers, the war for freedom did not end when you let loose your gun. It

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Cheers to 90 years

November 9, 2018 — I want to acknowledge another nonagenarian — my father, Paul Bushong — who will celebrate his 90th birthday Tuesday with one thing on his mind: anticipation of yet another Aspen ski season. Paul started skiing on the East Coast decades ago and certainly thanked his

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Roger Marolt: Like red droplets of blood suspended in the air

November 8, 2018 — It looks something like a snow globe; you know, those clear half-dome, palm-sized trinkets that you shake and set on the table and watch small plastic snowflakes swirl like a cozy holiday blizzard around an idyllic miniature diorama of a make-believe village in a part

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Giving Thought: When work can be literally life-changing

November 8, 2018 — Employment is vitally important for most of us, at least as a source of money and often as a catalyst for social relationships and self-worth. Imagine, then, what a game-changer a job could be for an individual with physical or cognitive disabilities. Finding jobs for

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Big planes could have trouble at new airport

November 8, 2018 — It's hard to find an apt analogy for the plans to expand the Aspen airport without resorting to mention of sexual acts highly condemned in the Bible. This is not merely the effort to force a square peg into a round hole, this is the

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New Lift One plan brings vibrant upgrades

November 8, 2018 — Dear Aspen City Council members, For several years now, I have watched the discussion surrounding the Lift 1A redevelopments as well as attending the most recent public meeting at the Limelight Hotel. During that presentation of the proposed Lift One Corridor Plan, the positive energy

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