Live and let live

Dear Editor:

I live in Aspen Springs. To some in the county this immediately brings on a comment like, “Oh, now what.” I have to agree; we are seeing our fair share of turmoil of late. If I had to try and explain why, I’d say it’s due to a conflict of cultures. We have three distinct cultures here.

The Homesteaders.

They live “Off the Grid” and are on the fringes of the District. “Off the Grid” originally meant that we don’t get our electricity from companies like LPEA, but instead produce our own, mainly through solar panels. We have no cable anything. There are two sub-groups.

1. Those who can’t afford to buy land that is developed, cannot afford to build fancy homes that are permitted, nor pay the high property taxes that comes with this.

2. There are those that have lived their whole life up to this point in the hustle and bustle of a big city and have rejected that life for one that is simpler and stress free. My wife and I are in this group. Our home is permitted and we pay the taxes this level entails. In both cases those that live this way are happy and just want to be left alone.

The Midliners.

These are landowners who have the conveniences of living in an area that has many of the services most come to expect these days. They don’t want to interfere with others way of life. Again, this group just wants to be left alone, and are happy.

The Country Club/Estate group.

These are landowners whose only motivation is to create an area they can control with covenants for a Home Owner’s Association, build big city style communities, with rising property values and the accompanying property taxes. They feel the need to be intrusive on others life styles. They believe they know what’s best for all the others and actively work towards either bringing them to their level, or chasing them out, using any way, legal or otherwise, to hassle them into compliance. When it comes to meetings that decide the direction the community is to go, they believe that if they “can’t dazzle you with their brilliance, they will baffle you with their bull-crap.” They think they have to stick their noses in other landowner’s businesses, with the hope of driving them out. They are self-proclaimed nobles and look down their noses on the others as serfs. Unless their land is worth six digit figures, this group is not happy.

And one wonder why our District has conflict and problems.

To be continued.

Doug Roberts

This story was posted on January 30, 2014.

One Response to Live and let live

  1. Shane_Tuller

    January 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    As a fellow Aspen Springer, I thank you for your description of the resident divide. I have lived here for many years, and am finally under contract to buy a home in unit 2. I’ve been waiting for years for a decently priced place, and I feel that this is largely due to the Country Club/Estate group that you mention. Most of us just want our own property, and to be able to do to said property whatever it is we want to do. The majority of people around here just want to be left alone, and leave others alone. There are a few who would implement land use restrictions and property owner’s associations, and I feel that the community as a whole will reject these ideas. Or, I hope, at least.