When the rights of a city; such as its rights to water, property, and other resources, are constrained by county and federal governments, one must ask if property rights exist at all. Cities such as Aspen which are surrounded by federally-controlled lands, are under…

This Washington-centric approach to management stifles creative, collaborative solutions to competing interests that could be resolved at local, state, or regional levels without the added baggage of national political battles and federal regulatory processes. While states and local communities may…