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Sean Beckwith: Stirring at the sounds of soccer

July 17, 2018 — Waking up via buzz saws and construction has never been more welcome than this past month. As opposed to setting an alarm and deepening my hate for all rousing beeping noises, hammers and screwdrivers served as my alarm to grab my tablet and turn on

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Meredith C. Carroll: Acts of kindness and the dopes who make them possible

July 17, 2018 — The details of what transpired Sept. 11, 2001, are fused like keloid scars onto those who were in New York City on that day. Swarms of dazed people lumbering uptown in suits and heels under the late-summer sun searing in the bluest of blue skies;

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Try an e-bike before calling them cheating

July 17, 2018 — As an avid sports enthusiast like so many of us here in the Roaring Fork Valley, the e-bike debate goes on. especially on our singletrack trails. Two years and 11 surgeries ago I too was against all e-bikes but now after all the research I've

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Take advantage of programs offering important services

July 17, 2018 — I was shocked to learn that the opiod forum June 20 at Aspen Elemtary School was only attended by about 25 people, at the most. I can't even begin to tell you how many students I have lost because of this crisis. Parents, wake up!

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Shh, keep this hike to yourself

July 16, 2018 — Every summer season I make a list of at least five new things that I want to experience in the Roaring Fork Valley area. There are a plethora of activities to partake in here and there's never enough time to try them all when you

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Giving Thought: The collective impact of cmpassion in action shown during Lake Christine Fire

July 16, 2018 — The Lake Christine Fire has shaken us with the speed and ferocity with which it threatened our neighborhoods and towns July 3. Aspen Community Foundation (ACF), with its headquarters and several employees residing in Basalt, is heartbroken yet thankful that the destruction did not claim

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Clean power clarifications

July 16, 2018 — For the record: The proposed 1.2 Megawatt Turbine for the "Castle Creek Energy Center" would not "destroy ecosystems" as Maurice Emmer implies. Instead, with minimal impact on the environment, it could and should provide emergency power and clean energy in the event of a power

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Judson Haims: Is health care getting too big? (Part 2)

July 16, 2018 — Today's article is a follow-up from my July 3 column: "Is our health care system too big to change?" Regardless whether your employer contributes to your health care costs or if you pay for it alone, it is hard not to be aware of the

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Trade Trump to Russia

July 16, 2018 — Since the president idolizes Putin and believes in fair trade, I think that we should trade him to Russia. They get him and we get something of equal value. A bowl of Borscht and a bottle of Vodka. John Ostwald Redstone

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Democrat path to victory

July 16, 2018 — Attention Democrats: If you are running for Congress, here is how you can lose. Say you want to abolish ICE; restore taxes to the previous amounts; support separation of children from their parents at the border; return illegally without due process. If you want to

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Paul Andersen: The ‘twelve steps’ for climate change

July 15, 2018 — Hello. My name is Paul, and I am a carbonaholic. We are all carbonaholics. And nothing short of the 12-step method used so successfully by Alcoholics Anonymous can turn around the global consumer habits fostering a 200-year binge of carbon inebriation. The world is drunk

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Housing not appropriate for Pan and Fork

July 15, 2018 — In a letter (June 6, 2018) Steve Chase argues that we should help the present developer massage his plan for the river park in Basalt. I agree. We should start with massaging out of the plan high-end housing. Less than 7 percent of the residents

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March elections smart, democratic idea

July 15, 2018 — It's not the first time moving the election day in Aspen has been suggested. On Facebook it's turning into a full out Bert Myrin versus Skippy Mesirow rock 'em sock 'em. If you can get past the accusations of Aspen Skiing Co. liftie zombies casting

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Loving your neighbor

July 15, 2018 — Viewing "Won't You Be My Neighbor," the delightful and powerful documentary about Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children's program "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," I got a glimpse of what today's youth is missing. Mr. Rogers taught children to love their neighbors. Today's media

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A look back at Basalt history

July 15, 2018 — Two years ago July 14, 2016, the Aspen Times ran a headline titled "$8 million plan unveiled for Basalt river park." Making 2 grass acres out of the field of dirt was at the heart of the proposal. The $8 million astronomical cost figures were

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Independent need more demorcratic election system

July 15, 2018 — Western Colorado Independent Voters dissected the results of the June 26 primary election at its monthly meeting July 12 at the Glenwood Springs Library. After analyzing the primary results with a low Independent voter turnout at Colorado's first semi-open primary, several questions arose addressing the

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Tipton is in the NRA’s pocket

July 15, 2018 — Less than a month ago, we heard a tragic, yet all too familiar story on the news: another mass shooting, this one at a Maryland newspaper. After that, we received something else all too familiar: the typical Republican response, "thoughts and prayers." This scenario has

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Kudos: July 15, 2018

July 14, 2018 — Many thanks to firefighters To view the lake Christine Fire Map, that the KDNK news agency put on their site is transformative. Thanks to the grueling work by the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt, Eagle and Garfield County fire

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Glenn K. Beaton: Plastic straw feel-goodery

July 14, 2018 — Teachers here recently put children up to sending a letter to this newspaper proclaiming that "plastic straws are toxic and are destroying our planet" because they wind up in the oceans. The letter asked Aspen to ban them. Not that I really care about straws.

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The Missing Ink

July 13, 2018 — First a thank you to all firefighters, police, first to responders, reporters, alert systems and so forth. We are reading a lot about the many people involved in this tragic event. What I consider the Missing Ink is that I do not see anything about

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