To the Editor,
We are less than five weeks away from an election that holds significant implications for the future of our country. Voter turn out has never mattered more, and we all need to lean in to ensure our elected leaders represent the voice of the people. Sadly, too few of our community members actually make it to the polls.
Last year the NextGen Advisory Commission set a goal to help Aspen achieve some of the highest voter turnout rates in the country, and we are in the middle of a major campaign to get out the vote. Here’s what we’re up to and how you can help:
- We’ve enlisted over 30 of Aspen’s biggest employers to include voter registration documents in new hire packets. Participants include The City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen School District, Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen Skiing Co. Belly Up, Forum Phi, Aspen Club, Justice Snow’s, Frias Properties, Aspen Entrepreneurs and many more. If you're an employer in Aspen you should be on this list!
- Seen the civic participation videos on Aspen 82, or the “I Vote for Aspen” posters around town? We’ve rolled out a public awareness campaign to make voter turnout an unavoidable issue for the next five weeks.
- On October 5 th we are cohosting an event at the Limelight Hotel from 5-8pm that will include presentations from our county commissioner candidates, hearty discussion about local and national ballot issues, and beer. Come get registered to vote and engage with your fellow citizens.
- Make sure you and your friends are registered! You can register to vote online at www.govotecolorado.com through October 31st. (After the 31st you can register by appearing in-person at a voter service and polling center through Election Day)
A big thank you to everyone helping drive higher voter turnout in Aspen. To the community of Aspen, we invite you to join us in our mission to get out the vote!As a wise man once said: If you don't vote, you can't complain. #iVoteFORAspen
The NextGen Advisory Commission
What we witnessed Tuesday night was leadership malfeasance, an all to too typical lack of foresight or vision, at the sake of immediate appeasement. Leadership takes commitment, it takes candor, and it takes risks.
Let's step back.
The protest in this letter is not meant to address the use of the power plant. I work for the Science Center, I like and frequent the redbrick. Rather, my protest lies in the lack of leadership and the absolutely corrosive effect it will have on our town in the long term. Lead has been dumped in our waters to kill an infestation. The parasites are gone….but tomorrow… Flint.
Where is the vision?
Thanks for the inspiration Mick! The 10 (underappreciated) things I am most thankful for in Aspen.
1. Stars that I can see
2. A true friend around every corner
3. The trail system and a clear mind
4. Rope-drops on powder days
5. Free coffee, cider, and hot chocolate
6. An apres cocktail and back to work
7. A town well traveled, and a world that stops by to say hello
8. City workers who love their jobs and do them well
9. Gondy-lap conference calls
10. Community accessible hotel hot tubs
And so many more… Nowhere else I would rather live and breath than Aspen, CO.
What are your ten?
Yesterday Wendle Whiting, a prominent young voice in town wrote an eloquent, well-informed and very apt letter about changing the election day in Aspen. The reason is simple, coming in off-season, the date of the election serves to exclude a vast and too often unrepresented portion of our population - service, hospitality and tourism workers. Of which I have at various points, inhabited each station.
Representation is the cornerstone of democracy and an absolute requirement for a functioning town, an informed citizenry and an effective government. The deviation from this ideal has been a corrosive force across our nation the last three decades. Gerrymandering and primarying and have become household terms. Congress is more polarized than ever. The further the sides move apart, the more they denigrate and caricature each other. As this feedback loop takes hold the opportunity for reconciliation, compromise, and ultimately positive outcomes dissipate to the determent of both sides.