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Public defender’s comments senseless

February 16, 2018 — After reading Elise Meyer's senseless, inappropriate comments about the "hate speech" of those who have rightly condemned the criminal behavior/inhumanity of the boy who shot a dog to death, it is apparent that the misguided public defender is unfit to practice law. In fact, she

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Declare war on oil industry

February 16, 2018 — In the 1980 film "The Formula," Marlon Brando played an oil tycoon — like John D. Rockefeller, J. Paul Getty, Rex Tillerson, take your pick. Brando listened quietly while a subordinate suggests they blame the Arabs for the oil embargo and the manipulation of the

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The pain of calving season

February 16, 2018 — If it can go wrong, it usually does, after dark. Especially during calving season. Cattle are hard-wired with most everything they need to get through this life, but just as with people, things don't always go the way we want them to. For me, the

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Spineless politicians won’t stand up to NRA

February 15, 2018 — Just another typical day in America with yet another mass shooting. But let's make sure we all don't forget that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Until our spineless politicians who are bought and sold by the NRA are the ones getting voted out

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City Council just keeps digging

February 15, 2018 — It's reassuring to see Aspen's City Council living by the adage, "when in a hole, just keep digging." The district judge slapped their hands for illegally nixing a citizens' petition about the new city offices. Did the city bow to the law? Of course not.

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Department of Veterans Affairs is failing veterans

February 15, 2018 — Just writing to remind readers why 22 American veterans kill themselves every day in a formerly progressive nation. It was discovered awhile ago that institutions that practiced "separate but equal" policies were illegal and discriminatory. As a result, many institutions were no longer allowed to

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A case of an isolated local identity crisis

February 15, 2018 — I'm Aspen's b—-. This town freakin' owns me. You know what a rancher's brand on a steer signifies? That's what Aspen's mark on me is like. A steer might think it has a pretty good life in the pasture. It's owner is not going to

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Russia’s disinformation campaign is succeeding

February 15, 2018 — Russia got its money's worth turning the 70,000 votes that got Trump the Electoral College. In one year, Russia succeeded in creating an autocrat that's divided the U.S. and attacked the very fabric of our democracy while working to enslave our population like it is

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We can’t build our way out of housing shortage

February 15, 2018 — Theories of sustainability based on the perceived benefits of higher urban densities tend to get a bit shaky applied to resort towns and other desirable locations. Density advocates contend that building more and denser residential housing in towns will make homes or rent more affordable

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Mayor’s gridlock solutions are decades old

February 15, 2018 — Thank you to Susan Anderson for her letter to the editor in the Aspen Times (Feb. 14) "How you know you live in a ski town" — that is, if you can even get to the ski slopes. Susan describes the horror of trying to

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America’s protected lands deliver the bucks

February 15, 2018 — I recently joined friends for an excursion into western Prince William Sound, a federally protected Alaskan landscape. My friends work for land-management agencies, so naturally we do a lot of talking about public lands while recreating. A lot of talking. But this time we found

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Great wolf presentation

February 15, 2018 — Whoever was able to make it to the Naturalists Nights presentation last week learned quite a bit about the feasibility and necessity of bringing our wolves back to Colorado. Mike Phillips, a biologist and state senator from Montana, did a great job of outlining documented

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Taming the ‘Ski Bum Guilt’ with a toddler

February 15, 2018 — I decided to take Levi skiing yesterday, by myself. The thing is, I still get Ski Bum Guilt (SBG) whenever I miss a powder day. Even though I am pushing 50, my fear of missing out dominating my thoughts like a forlorn teenager. I think

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‘Three Billboards’ is thrice good

February 15, 2018 — I just saw "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" for the third time. I may see it again. I think it's that good. I'm not going to say it's my all-time favorite. Filmmaking is not a sport. It's an art. There doesn't have to be a

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How you know you live in a ski town

February 15, 2018 — On Feb. 10, the first big storm in 2018 blanketed Aspen-Snowmass. There was a violent accident on Brush Creek Road that resulted in a road closure for several hours. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus passengers were stranded at accident sight for an hour. Travel from

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Housing requires bold, inventive solution

February 13, 2018 — I'm usually a fan of Tony Vagneur's writing, but his suggestion that all affordable housing should be provided by employers is rather simplistic. Not every working citizen has a big corporate employer. What about the seamstress who has her own business? Or the mountain guide?

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Who to believe

February 13, 2018 — We have a choice. We can believe the professional journalists who've dedicated their lives to the truth or trust the confirmed and habitual liar who resides in the White House. In my brief journalism career, I was impressed by the profession's commitment to accuracy. Each

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Infrastructure gap could be helped by gas tax

February 13, 2018 — Trumps infrastructure plan is hilarious. He wants $1.5 trillion raised by the states with only $200 million being invested by the federal government. Before the republicans, in 2004, privatized the Federal Transportation Trust Fund that built the interstate highway system, each state department of transportation

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For tax refund helps locals

February 13, 2018 — I agree with Mike Maple about the food tax refund. It has not changed in 20 years and should probably at least double. Who cares what it costs to administer. It will cost the same regardless of any increase. Mayor Steve Skadron, how dare you

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Beckwith: NBA copy desk correspondence: All-Star break takes

February 13, 2018 — The only love affair that will be broached in this special Valentine's Day NBA correspondence spectacular is Ben Welch's on-again, off-again infatuation with Bradley Beal. Welcome to the midseason special where we'll touch on the Denver Nuggets, calibrate our preseason MVP and rookie of the

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