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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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Weiser the wise choice for Colorado AG

September 23, 2018 — As a relatively new resident of Colorado, it has taken time to research candidates running for office. No small task, but a necessary one. Having attended an information session held by Phil Weiser and having reviewed his credentials and issue positions, it is clear that

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Ballot projections

September 23, 2018 — I look forward to receiving my ballot soon and to placing my votes for Patti Clapper, Joe DiSalvo and Deborah Bamesberger. They have given us good service and will continue to do so if we support them now. Helen Palmer Aspen

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Fort Basalt

September 23, 2018 — The schematics of Basalt River Park LLC presented by developer Tim Belinski might better be christened Fort Basalt. I'm not sure a military strategist intent on defending the shores of the Roaring Fork River from Basalt residents could do better than the bulwark of commercial

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Mitsch-Bush cares about Colorado

September 23, 2018 — I am writing about the Congressional race between Diane Mitsch-Bush and Scott Tipton. I am voting for Mitsch-Bush for many reasons. First, we need to have a more balanced representation in Congress. Women need an advocate for their civil and financial rights. They need to

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Paul Andersen: Crossing high passes with no trails

September 23, 2018 — The deep hoof prints of elk fade where the ridge turns from soft tundra to fractured granite scree. Graeme and I crest the ridge with a collective utterance, WOW! All around us are high, steep, ragged ridgelines. Beyond them are more ridges and towering mountain

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Health insurance is just math

September 23, 2018 — Dr. Georage Bohmfalk is correct that there is a huge difference between the expenses (overhead) of private health insurance (20 percent) and Medicare (3 percent). An even larger issue is that health insurance (not always synonymous with health care) adds no value to the system.

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Mike Littwin: The only sure thing in Ford v. Kavanaugh may be that one side is panicking

September 22, 2018 — It's apparently never too early to argue the merits of Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, although it might be better to wait until they actually testify at the Senate hearing. But even at this point, some aspects of the case of Ford v.

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Glenn K. Beaton: The 2020 Dem spectacle: Spartacus and the Native American

September 22, 2018 — Democrats have demanded recounts, challenged the Electoral College, shot Republican congressmen playing softball, shot themselves in the foot, yelled obscenities at the president, claimed Russian collusion, assaulted conservative campus speakers and worn pink hats. But Donald Trump is still president. So Dems are now down

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Kudos: Sept. 23, 2018

September 22, 2018 — Thank you, Wheeler Opera House My name is Loren Wilder and I am the creator of "NU·TOPIA," an original show produced last spring at the Wheeler Opera House. Thank you for allowing me to use this forum to thank the city of Aspen, Gena Buhler

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Tony Vagneur: Whether grazing or mining, the West was worn down by expansion

September 21, 2018 — Like all things disastrous, it started slowly before building to a great crescendo that no one had any control over. Cattle were king of the West in those days, 1870 to 1885. Money flowed in from Europe and eastern investors sent fistfuls of green to

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No more RFTA taxes

September 21, 2018 — It's been reported in the press that a campaign is about to be funded and launched to try to convince Roaring Fork Valley taxpayers to approve a new mill levy to support the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. Proponents use the word "only" to describe the

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Guest commentary: Follow the money to health care’s undo 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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Marolt: The brilliant Mr. Hunt

September 20, 2018 — Mark Hunt is the most brilliant person in Aspen. So long, Albert. Cast Mr. Hunt's bust and prop it up in Paepcke Park. I'm not kidding. The evidence is becoming inarguable. His ascendency began modestly enough. Mr. Hunt bought, among a quiver of other properties

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Kudos to A Way Out symposium

September 20, 2018 — I want to give an enormous thank you to our local non-profit A Way Out for putting on the symposium at the Jerome on Tuesday 9/18. This event hosted three experts in the field of addiction and provided lifesaving information for our community. I am

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A few clarifications concerning Aspen School District

September 20, 2018 — Re: the troubling situation at the Aspen School District. As I have ended up being quoted several times, I hope to use this forum to clarify a few misconceptions. 1) Nepotism does not refer to teachers marrying each other. That would be silly, and does

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Patti Clapper stands out for her dedication

September 20, 2018 — When I choose a candidate to vote for, I comb through candidates looking for the best fit for our community. Patti Clapper has stood out for not only her dedication to the office she holds, but also to the entire Roaring Fork Valley. As a

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Patti Clapper a good choice for Pitkin County

September 20, 2018 — Patti Clapper is a warrior for Pitkin County, there is no doubt in my mind that she will be re-elected for the fifth time. She is running undefeated, I believe this is due to her listening to what the community has to say (while being

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Beware of parking at Clarks Market

September 20, 2018 — We had a board meeting at Tiki Mana Restaurant in the Clarks Market area on September 19th. Our board meeting went through lunch and lasted 2 1/2 hours. Our lunch was delicious, but after departing our meeting two of us found that our cars had

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Use new online services for Motor Vehicle Department needs

September 20, 2018 — Use new online services for Motor Vehicle Department needs On behalf of the Pitkin County Motor Vehicle Department, I would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation these past several weeks while we work through the Statewide Motor Vehicle systems conversion. All

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