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It’s the Federal Reserve, stupid

August 17, 2019

I’m still waiting for one of the presidential candidates to get their hands dirty and dig out the actual root of our problems; the same dark, decrepit root that led to the American Revolution. That...



Something to chew on

August 17, 2019

It would be nice if Aspen could use the extra tobacco tax collected for education, but Maurice Emmer and Emzy Veazy wouldn’t approve of it! Carl Heck Aspen


Has Heck seen a ‘real firearm’?

August 17, 2019

If Carl Heck thinks a .22-caliber weapon is sufficient to defend his life and home (“Know the guns you speak of,” letters, Aug. 14, aspentimes.com), one wonders whether he has ever seen a real firearm....


Observations about Aspen’s parking system

August 17, 2019

I note the proposal by Edward Sanditen to build a new bridge across Marolt and Castle Creek (“Aspen’s traffic problem solved,” letters, Aug. 13, aspentimes.com). It is an idea which has been put forward by...


Debt rising under Trump, GOP

August 17, 2019

We are experiencing fiscal insanity. Donald Trump and Congress approved a two-year budget increasing our $21 trillion debt by $320 billion. The Federal Reserve chair in 1980, Paul Volcker, said a $500 million increase in...


Aspen firemen’s time is money

August 15, 2019

Regarding the plan not to pay our volunteer fireman: We view this with outrage, not outreach. The generation of volunteer fireman is quickly aging out. The idea of not paying our firemen to risk their...


Pandora expansion runs counter with community values

August 15, 2019

Pandora expansion runs counter with community values Excerpt from letter sent to Board of County Commissioners regarding the Aspen Skiing Co. Pandora expansion for its Aug. 21 meeting: “ASC has been a corporate leader and...





Give the Mulcahys a chance, Torre

August 14, 2019

Dear Mayor Torre, I am writing this note to you as a close friend of Sandy and Lee Mulcahy. Since Bud Mulcahy and his family first began working on their home in Aspen, I heard...


Making the switch to electric vehicles

August 14, 2019

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners has identified climate action as one of its top three strategic goals. In Pitkin County, the transportation sector contributes 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, the second largest localized...


Know the guns you speak of

August 14, 2019

It appears Maurice Emmer has never fired a weapon? If the white nationalist shooter in El Paso had a .22-caliber instead of an assault rifle, maybe he wouldn’t have killed anyone. Carl Heck Aspen




Round up the Roundup

August 13, 2019

I recently took a sentimental journey to the place where my mother grew up and I lived for four years in the ’70s, the Camas Prairie at the base of the Idaho panhandle. This is...