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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Last Tuesday, Aspen Skiing Co. (SkiCo) terminated Lee Mulcahy for his protest about poor wages for rookie instructors.

After bad press for SkiCo, the corporate giant is now pulling out all the stops. As punishment, SkiCo, in an outrageous decision, banned Lee from all four Aspen Ski mountains and ticket pavilions, including all restaurants and hotels they run. SkiCo’s ban, however, “is not limited to the above-mentioned areas.” Lee will be “arrested for criminal trespass if he enters onto any SkiCo property.”

So, it leaves it up to anyone’s guess where Lee can step foot in his hometown, since SkiCo has a hand in most properties from Aspen to Snowmass, including public lands owned by taxpayers and leased from the government.



As in true Wild West form, photos of Lee are posted at the Little Nell, and presumed at every SkiCo property, but not because he is “wanted” there. These extreme actions infringe on protected personal liberties and legal rights to wage protest.

SkiCo’s desperate attempts at typical corporate smear campaigns via spins and smokescreens are impressive efforts to discredit Lee’s character and professional performance.



After the inappropriate public firing in the local press, SkiCo, in a shameful move the next day, published Lee’s personnel file in the Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times, as if to justify their actions taken against him.

All allegations made public by SkiCo were previously debunked, but, of course, it does not serve their interest by saying so. Knowing Lee for over 11 years, we can attest to his exemplary character, integrity, and highest principles of safety and service as a professional ski instructor.

SkiCo should reinstate Lee at his Diamond Level and remove the outrageous ban on their properties. From a PR standpoint, SkiCo should have gone above and beyond to temper the situation by giving a few more dollars to their rookies, a drop in the bucket for SkiCo and a small price to pay to make everyone happy in a town where extremes in haves and have-nots provoke resentment from many.

Robyn and John Cassel

Miami, Florida

I think that Hidden Gems is prejudiced against the old, the very young, and the disabled. The majority of people here probably could never get into these areas, if there wasn’t a road.

In this day and age, people especially need to be able to see the majestic beauty that is around us.

Why should only those who are extremely fit, and not real young and not real old and not really disabled, be able to enjoy these areas?

I think there should be a compromise where we would police ourselves and report those who would trample all over the place, that is off the road, whether by 4-wheelers, cycles, bicycles or on foot.

And just a little reminder, believe it or not, the hunters’ and the fishermen’s dollars are the reason we still have any wildlife in this state. And I wonder how many of those who are for the Hidden Gems live in homes where the elk and deer were displaced.

Trish McClure

Silt

Recently, my husband and 8-year-old daughter attended a Carbondale town council meeting. My husband and I felt it would be an interesting experience for our daughter.

Upon her return from the meeting, she shared, “A man told Daddy he was not a part of the community because he didn’t know what CC-something meant.”

Earlier in the meeting, my husband had asked for clarification regarding the reference to “CCAH,” the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanity. To say that my husband is not of an artistic leaning would be an understatement, and so it is forgivable that he did not know what organization was being referred to.

His lack of knowledge of CCAH struck a cord with another attendee at this particularly contentious meeting. At the end of the meeting, Russ Criswell, a former town councilman, approached my husband and told him that because he did not recognize what CCAH stood for, he was not a part of the Carbondale community.

My husband and Mr. Criswell had dissenting opinions during the meeting. Sadly, my daughter witnessed this exchange. In an attempt to end their heated discussion, my daughter thrust her stuffed frog between them.

It is unfortunate that my daughter had to witness this. It is even more unfortunate that there is an apparent lack of tolerance for opposing viewpoints from some members of this community.

We work hard to teach our children to respect others and to realize that it is okay to disagree. This basic lesson needs to be shared with those who seem unable to avoid personalizing issues when they are faced with conflicting opinions.

I commend all of the members of the community who take the time to serve on the town council and those who take the time to attend these meetings and share their opinions in this public debate.

I make up for my husband’s lack of artistic passion with my own. Ironically, my business donated $1,000 in support of CCAH in 2009-2010. I suppose, by association, that might give him a free pass to consider himself a member of the Carbondale community.

Julie Warren

Carbondale

Congress is grappling with spending cuts, yet tens of millions of tax dollars are wasted on a relatively unknown Interior Department program that rounds up thousands of wild horses from the West every year.

Now, a recent YouTube video shows a helicopter heartlessly stampeding an elder wild horse that collapses from exhaustion during a government roundup currently under way in Nevada.

The federal government already warehouses more wild horses in holding pens and pastures – about 40,000-plus – than are left free in the wild, yet the roundups continue. Our tax dollars paid for this wasteful federal program to the tune of $67 million last year.

The cost is also high for America’s mustangs, which are protected as part of our national heritage, but are being terrorized and driven off our public lands to make room for commercial livestock grazing.

It’s time for taxpayers to speak up against this inhumanity and fiscal insanity. To learn more, please visit http://www.StopTheRoundups.com.

Elizabeth Lenharr

Glenwood Springs


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