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Hickenlooper said neither Denver nor Colorado would be eager to assemble a bid on their own, because government resources are badly depleted by the down-economy. "There's where the business community would really need to come in to help. "If the people of the state seem willing, my suspicion is the business community will step in," he said.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock had similar sentiments. "It's a very expensive process to go after," he told The Post .

Former Gov. Dick Lamm, who led the drive in 1972 to end the state subsidy for the 1976 Olympics, resulting in the withdrawn offer to host the Games, remains skeptical.

"The history of the Winter Olympics has been soaked in red ink," he said. "But I know that those five... rings are so glittery that they can distort people's judgment."


Bag fees debated in three Colorado towns

ASPEN, Colo. - By the standards of Aspen, the brouhaha about the $0.20 fee being considered for plastic bags amounts to little more than mid-day pleasantries.

"Aren't you guys aware of what this will do to the tourist trade?" asked Linda Hayes in a letter published in the Aspen Daily News . "Every time they buy something and are hit with that fee, they will have a very negative impression of Aspen."

"This is about government power and control, and has nothing to do with plastic bags," wrote Sheldon Fingerman. "It's another one of Aspen's infamous 'feel good' ordinances that really doesn't accomplish anything."

On the flip side was Travis LaSalle. "Considering the minor economic impact the bag fee will have on individuals, opposition to the fee seems to me to represent nothing more than stubborn attachment to the ways of the past."

With only one dissent, the Aspen council voted to approve the fee on first reading. A second reading will be necessary. The lone dissenting council member reasoned that if Aspen were going to impose a fee, it might as well ban plastic bags altogether from the city's two grocery stores.

Down-valley at Basalt, the town council there also approved a fee, but did not set a price, reports the Aspen Times . A third town, Carbondale, is scheduled to take up the matter in September.

According to Aspen's Community Office for Resource Efficiency, the average American uses 400 disposable grocery bags per year. If that figure held true in Aspen, and the 20 cent fee is enacted, it would yield $80 per person, or about $434,000 altogether from local residents, not counting tourists.

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