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Kudos and Kindness

May 26, 2018 — Environmental education outstanding under Shoemaker I want to thank Sloan Shoemaker for his longtime leadership with the Wilderness Workshop in Carbondale. Shoemaker is retiring after 21 years of dedicated service to the Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork's environmental community. Due to Sloan's leadership, the

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Glenn K. Beaton: Do you want a good person or a good president?

May 26, 2018 — "Faith without deeds is dead" — James 2-26 Those words were spoken about 2,000 years ago by a Jew to other Jews in their ancestral home and capital, Jerusalem. Several millennia after the founding of ancient Israel, and exactly 70 years after the founding of

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View from Mexico

May 25, 2018 — As I watch creeping fascism into my country, and as I watch the normalization of KKK, Nazis, Trump, racism, bullying and in general the bad behavior everywhere of whites, I am not convinced that we will get out of this mess alive. Down here I

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Tony Vagneur: See you on the trail, Uncle Wayne

May 25, 2018 — It's one of the best memories of my youth. My parents had taken me to the local rodeo when they were still held next to the Aspen Meadows, and I was all excited about that when a cowboy on a big horse rode up to

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Keep public lands public, vote Diane Mitsch Bush

May 25, 2018 — The value of public lands in Colorado was highlighted in an excellent article published May 13 in the Montrose Daily Press. The fate of public lands, under debate for years, is one of the most important issues in the race for the Congressional District 3

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Diane Mitsch Bush is a courageous leader who stands up to NRA

May 25, 2018 — I applaud Eric Seward for his call to action in his May 22 letter. Yes, in the face of such disgraceful inaction in Congress, we must "elect leaders who have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and enact real, meaningful change." So

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Let’s mind our own business

May 25, 2018 — Let's mind our own business So the Great Vascillator has backed out of the "summit" with Kim Jung Un because Kim called Mike Pence a dummy. I think all three are dummies, but all this may turn out for the best. A productive summit would

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Editorial: Electric buses should be priority for RFTA routes to Bells

May 24, 2018 — Imagine it's a sunny day in September. The aspen forest in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area is ablaze in yellows and oranges. The distinctive autumn smell of drying leaves permeates the air. The sky is a brilliant blue. The first snow covers the red-hued peaks

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Roger Marolt: The emperor has no books!

May 24, 2018 — I made a big mistake after I graduated. I quit reading. I guess I had read so much in school, almost none for pleasure, that I thought I needed a break. Maybe I thought I was finished with my education. Before I knew it, three

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Aspen Princess: Bringing home a personal sense of design

May 23, 2018 — I thought I was going to be so good at interior design, but it turns out I totally suck at it. I'm almost as obsessed with home improvement shows as I am with cooking shows. We watch it all, from "Property Brothers" and "Treehouse Masters"

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Polis will fight for progress

May 23, 2018 — Polis will fight for progress Please join Colorado Governor Candidate Jared Polis for coffee and pastries this Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Local Coffee House (next to Mezzaluna) in Aspen, to hear about Jared's bold and common sense approach at tackling many of

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Aspen’s mayor should put public safety first

May 23, 2018 — This new $50,000 city of Aspen logo ordered by Aspen's Mayor Steve Skadron is the last straw. This new design wipes away decades of classic Aspen logos in favor of "Emperor" Skadron's hair-brained design. Skadron's new logo speaks of the fractured dynamic between Aspen's government

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Hanlon the choice for sensible gun legislation

May 22, 2018 — Yet again, we as a nation have been left to cradle the corpses of our children and their teachers as another community has been ravaged by gun violence. It pains me to say it, but I've begun to grow desensitized to it — the thoughts

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Do the math

May 22, 2018 — The Aspen Times recently printed a notice from Snowmass Base Village about its "$600 million project." As a Base Village owner since a 2006 purchase, I can't imagine where that number came from. My condo's value is one third less than what I paid for

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Starwood construction project needs to wrap up

May 22, 2018 — As a full time resident in Starwood raising two kids who go to the public school, I fully support my HOA's decision to fight back against Thomas Duckworth, a person who appears to represent all that is wrong in society. We bought land next to

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Beckwith: A culinary tour of the South

May 22, 2018 — As allergic as I am to guided tours, it's nice to get to know a place with the help of a local or two. I've driven through the South before and even stopped in Atlanta for a couple of nights but it wasn't my primary

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Deeded Interest: Pride of Ownership

May 22, 2018 — In past columns you've heard me talk about the need to price appropriately to match or beat the market rather than proceed based on what potential sellers might "feel" or "think" the number should be. I've also reminded sellers of the importance of making sure

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Judson Haims: Your oral hygiene and risk of rheumatoid arthritis

May 21, 2018 — I am quite sure that most of us have seen television commercials where a senior citizen addresses a group of other seniors promoting a medication that helps relieve any number of issues. The pharmaceutical industry spends millions of marketing dollars publicizing a plethora of ailments

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John Colson: A quick dip into this week’s news

May 21, 2018 — I find myself reading a lot these days, from online content to old-fashioned newspapers to a relatively intensive array of magazines brought to me by our friendly neighborhood postman, and sometimes the stuff I learn is overpowering, hard to contain in my aging brain. So

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Giving Thought: When employers don’t pay their workers

May 21, 2018 — Ever wondered what you would do if your employer decided not to pay you? Many of us take our paychecks for granted, but not all employers are trustworthy. Marian McDonough, Western Slope regional director for Catholic Charities, is currently sounding the alarm about wage theft,

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