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Money opens doors, builds roads

Dear Editor,

Fred Rowland’s letter explaining why the Westbank Homeowners Association settled its dispute with the pushy developer of Prehm Ranch, Marlin Colorado Ltd., is clear enough, but he seems to have missed the point of why so many people are upset.

It’s easy to understand why the residents there chose not to pursue an expensive lawsuit against a deep-pocketed corporation that up to this point has shown the manners and neighborliness of a pit bull.

But that doesn’t excuse the county commission from abandoning its duty to enforce its own land-use rulings. The Prehm Ranch developers deliberately violated a county order not to connect their subdivision roads to Westbank’s Oak Lane, and two-thirds of our commissioners voted to let them get away with it, with no penalty, not even a scolding.

What’s next? Shall we stop enforcing the speed limit for rich Aspenites and tough-looking Harley riders because they’re just too difficult or scary to deal with? Perhaps we ought to just revert to the old “Law of the West” where those with nerve and a quick trigger finger pretty much did as they pleased.

Sadly, that might be better than the current situation in Garfield County, because selective enforcement of the law is more demoralizing and corrupting than no enforcement at all.

Frightening as it is to find myself in agreement with Richard Moolick, he had a point in his recent letter when he wrote: “The moral is, if you’ve got money, then anything is acceptable.”

Russ Arensman

Glenwood Springs

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