Aspen Daily News Editorial Board

The standout factor about Pitkin County District 5 is its inclusion of the Crystal River Valley, a full 30 miles from Aspen. When thinking about Pitkin County, Redstone is likely not the first community that comes to mind.

The choice between Gov. John Hickenlooper and incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner was a relatively easy one for the Aspen Daily News editorial board precisely because of the lack of choice presented — despite several requests for an interview, the only correspondence we received from the Gardner cam…

In many ways, American voters are being asked to make a decision about more than just which candidate they think best represents their interests. Like seemingly everything in 2020, the stakes are far more dramatic than that.

Columnists

Unless the raging pandemic in Pitkin County dramatically reverses course over the next couple of weeks, we’re likely to become a lot more isolated and more inwardly focused than what we’ve experienced recently.

This may sound odd, but I just encountered fun. I know, weird, right? As it turns out, Aspen, home of the rich and (in)famous, home of the latest in corporate-home-furnishings-come-developer-property acquisition, home of level red restrictions, is also fun at heart. All you have to do is go …

In 2014, a teacher called David McCullough made a commencement speech that went viral and led to a Ted Talk and a parenting book. It is called, “You Are Not Special’ and is a brilliant discussion about the perils of entitlement, privilege, helicoptering and striving for (illusory) perfection…

Somewhere amid the past year’s COVID-19 disruption, national political division and social media stratification consequently erupting real-life human violence and frustration...

 “All politics is local,”so goes the phrase commonly attributed to former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. In a bizarre twist, one of the participants in last week's raid on the Capitol died as he reached up to take down...

As we all know, 2020 was an extraordinary year for the real estate market in the Aspen-Snowmass area. With total sales volume and number of closed transactions approaching $3.5 billion and 668 respectively, according to the Aspen-Snowmass multiple listing service, new all-time records were set.

By the time you read this, I expect we will know that the Capitol invasion was worse than what most of us have seen thus far, the parade of Confederate flags, the pro Holocaust T-shirts (6MNE, 6 million is not enough, Camp Auschwitz), the ransacking of desks, the theft of the speaker’s podiu…

Letters to the Editor

Due to the influx of letters from our engaged readers during the election season, we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be printed.

Eagle County Board of County Commissioners

Our nation’s founders were students of history and were all too familiar with threats to nations that come from without, and they designed institutions to withstand those perennial threats...

Lorrie B. Winnerman

I have been thinking seriously about solutions instead of lockdowns. Like many of you, I have spent a few decades of winters in Aspen working and playing. Every single winter we got the Aspen Crud...

Brian Roche

Good things are much harder to create than they are to destroy. It’s wrong to joke around about a second revolution in this country, let alone advocate for one...

JM Jesse

Will Trump’s supporters follow him to Guyana now? ...

Annette Roberts-Gray

Trump lost the election by more than 7 million votes and by 232 to 306 in the Electoral College. He has lost 60 challenges to the...

Tom Mooney

Wow! The environmental superstars His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg will be discussing...

Randy Fricke

The violence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday should be condemned. It is very clear that there can be...

Debra Hanson

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccine doses of the COVID-19 vaccine purchased with U.S. taxpayer...

Dennis Golas

As the country and eyes of the world all watched in disbelief the attack on the Capitol Wednesday, which was incited by President Trump...

Soleil Gaylord

In November, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) ruled that several coal and gas plants...

Ward Hauenstein

It has been an honor to represent the citizens of Aspen on the city council for the past three-and-a-half years. I have given...

Brenda Stockdale

I know firsthand the significant difference caring adults can make in children’s lives. Having grown up in Aspen in the 1970s, my...

Gary Carter

After watching the wonderful documentary (“Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President”) it is a sobering reminder how special...

Philip Verleger

Aspen Daily News columnist Paul Mentor wrote a critical and accurate commentary on the comments of outgoing Pitkin County commissioner George Newman. Reading it, I could not help...

Michael Horst

As an old coal miner, I want to ask the people in this valley, when you get home tonight, to look at their multi thousand dollar bike, then go look around your house...

Steve Hunter

Water is one of the most precious resources we have in this valley and it is essential to sustain life. That is why it’s important to us at the City Water Department to invite everyone...

Patrick Hunter

Insanity, said Einstein, is doing the same thing but expecting a different result. Unfortunately, the Einstein diagnosis means that Carbondale, and this valley, are far around the bend...

Michael Levengood

I have to chuckle when a reporter writes that there is an “organization/group” named Earth First...

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Taxing the rich is a Democrat fairy tale, believed only by naive idealists. Let me count the ways...

Carl Ted Stude

The recent attack on Aspen’s supply of natural gas was obviously intended as a statement by political extremists. But were...

Gail Mason

Standing in line on Tuesday (double masked myself), I looked around and saw many maskless faces, talking and yelling to...

Bill Lipsey

Major, major kudos to Black Hills Energy for “getting it done.” Their massive army of fleet-footed technicians worked...

Ward Hauenstein

I write to condemn with prejudice the actions of Earth First who is the party apparently responsible for the sabotage of Black Hills Energy's natural gas infrastructure...

Bryan Hannegan

Holy Cross Energy recently announced our intent to supply all HCE members with 100% carbon-free electricity supply by the year 2030. After making this announcement...

JM Jesse

Let’s hope that signing on to Trump’s treasonous coup attempt is the low point of CD3’s Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert’s nascent political career...

Joe DiSalvo

I was happy to see the Aspen Times acknowledge all the “Faces of the Pandemic” article. I would like to acknowledge some other faces. All the public safety agencies...

Tom Mooney

We went all in after the attack on Pearl Harbor (1941, World War II). The iconic Rosie the Riveter represented the plurality of women who were needed on war equipment production lines. There she was...

Carole Gunther Cottrell

In the card game of life, democracy pulled the trump card and we, the people, won!!! Good night moon, Good bye Trump… Grateful to be an American again...

Lynne Popkowski

So, it looks like Lauren Boebert, Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District Representative-elect is...

Jim Newton

President Trump’s reluctance to concede defeat after the Nov. 3 election reminded me of a picture my dad...

 

Fred Stewart

In the New York Times, Brett Stevens’ column on “The Wisdom of George Schultz” quotes Schultz saying...

Sheldon Fingerman

I just got the message that Pitkin County has gone from level orange to

red. What did you expect? You can only add so many "pluses" to level

orange...

W.M. Burger

Hats off (or should I say mask off) to Aspen for not conceding to the state’s rules for turning the Covid dial to red. It is brilliant to put into action a new orange plus plus level to the Covid dial...

Bill Stirling

Kathryn Koch was born and grew up in Palo Alto, California, before it became the computer and internet center of the world. At the age of 23 in 1969 she moved to Aspen...

Tom Mooney

Had an interesting conversation at City Market. At the checkout I said, “The good news is that billions of dollars are flowing into a new energy economy. The response was, “We are all going to pay for it”, meaning...

Lily Markalunas

The idea of the “American Dream” differs greatly from person to person. Some people  believe that it is a wide-spread idea of freedom while others think more personally about family  or future dreams...

Emzy Veazy III

I call on all American-born of many generations in Pitkin County, Garfield County and Eagle County to think and behave...

John Norman

Is it possible that the Mayan scribe recording their predicted doomsday calendar was dyslexic...

Jim Wingers

The Earl of Sandwich, aka Lorenzo Semple, had a great piece on the end pieces in his Saturday, Dec. 12 column. ...

Philip Verleger

My friend Lo Semple either did not look at the data or flunked statistics when he wrote his Saturday column “Aspen’s got the pandemic pole position"...

David Johnson

Now that the Mask Gestapo has fully infiltrated our lives, everyone make sure to submit your affidavit with the Pitkin County Politburo...

Fred Stewart

Eugene Robinson, Saturday’s Washington Post columnist (“A presidency to lower our blood pressure), is a sweet fella. He...

John Hoffmann

I am curious why we have not yet seen the pandemic as World War III. Is it because 73 million Americans perceive...

Illene Pevec

The coronavirus dealing death and illness around the world requires caution on the part of every single person. There...

Corey Bryndal

We’ve been following developments in Aspen — specifically around Wagner Park. The MotherLode began in 1973 as...