Jon Busch’s recent question — “How many trees is a human life worth?” — is a bogus choice (“Dump the landfill billboard,” letters, July 25, The Aspen Times).
If the Music School, Country Day School or Pitkin County have serious concerns about the safety of students walking or cycling to the Castle Creek campus, they have an obligation to address them immediately.
Two easy solutions spring to mind: First, the schools could require all students take the free bus service which operates every 15 to 30 minutes. Second, the county could install speed bumps on this section of Castle Creek Road as they have on Red Mountain Road and/or add flashing lights as seen on Main Street and/or reduce the speed limit as on Main Street.
This resolves Busch’s safety concerns without cutting a single tree, without building a biking monstrosity as seen on Cemetery Lane and without squandering millions of public dollars.
County voters authorized the mill levy in order for Open Space and Trails “to acquire, preserve, maintain and manage open space properties.” Needlessly cutting down trees, shrubs and bushes along 3,000 feet and destroying the most beautiful entryway to Aspen is clearly contrary to this remit.
Castle Creek is worth fighting for.
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