Letters to the editor
Originally addressed to Richard Doran:
I found that trying to integrate the “weighty” concepts you presented into my PC-challenged perspective an intellectually stimulating process. Still, I remain visually stymied at a partially-comprehended phenomenon. In an effort “not to offend” (the third and greatest commandment), I hesitate to call attention to a modern stylistic trend for the accouterment-challenged suffering with apparent budgetary deficit syndrome; what an indictment for our unenlightened society that we cannot supply an entitlement to resolve the fashion deficit in the length of the T-shirt and the depth of the jean. The resultant abdominal distention must now be augmented with a stylistically-appropriate navel ring distraction at additional cost for the parents of “seriously overweight children” and for our young “adults” now referred to as “at-risk weight challenged.”
All that remains for our self-actualized society to accomplish is an enforced taxpayer-supported funding stream for the entitlement. Indeed, how observant your letter, calling attention to this new enlightenment; “providing an excuse” for people to “feel good” about themselves in spite of their condition.
I “feel” that it would be a helpful effort to render aid and comfort to many in our weight-challenged society if all us males enduring a gerontologically advanced condition would join suit and let our “big fairy hairy guts hang out like a badge of honor,” (oops, sorry) complete with temporary tattoos from the 25-cent machines at Wal-Mart. For the serious enablers among us, I suppose it’s off to the belly button piercing parlor. We all must make sacrileges; I mean “sacrifices for our children.” I am sure our newly-enlightened wives would eventually find it just as attractive in us as the entire age-deficient male generation does in their female counterparts.
Just think, we could all return to our couch-embedded exercise routines, slurping on our favorite “adult” image-enhancing beverage while watching the athletically-exceptional chase after balls on our widescreens.
Wait a minute, I actually take offense. Athletically exceptional? What about those of us who are coordination challenged? Not fair, just not fair. (My apologies in advance.)
This letter is in reply to Mr. Raab’s concern with Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s employee integrity.
Mr. Raab, I am not denying the facts you stated in your letter. If I had been in your shoes, I may feel the same. My concern is that it gives a blanket statement that RFTA employees are not on the up and up.
As my mother use to tell me, “please do not allow one bad apple ruin the entire bushel.” This bad apple ended up terminated, along with anyone else caught stealing from RFTA or its riders.
RFTA employees return thousands of lost-and-found items each year. In one case, I returned a wallet without I.D. and $874 in cash. I put the wallet in a lock box and waited for the rightful owner to call. You know, I could have kept the wallet, but it’s against my moral ethics. When the young lady picked up her wallet, she didn’t even reply with a thank-you. Would I do it again? You bet, in a heartbeat. I am not alone, almost everyone employed at RFTA share these exact same, if not higher, standards. It doesn’t take long to weed out the bad seeds.
Our employees go out of their way to return items. We have sent items relayed bus-to-bus to make sure the items get back to the rightful owners, and that they don’t have to be inconvenienced to pick them up in Aspen. We have employees returning items on their own time. Our administration office is overloaded sending out packages in the winter. The items which are not claimed (after the season ends) are donated to local charities. I believe our lost-and-found return policy is above and beyond what is the norm.
I am sorry your incident turned out differently, but please do not judge us all by this one example.
I would like to say with confidence if you lose something on a RFTA bus and one of our employees finds it … it will be returned.
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