This is in regards to Beth Slifer’s letter to the editor. Beth, I just wanted to say it was a very well-written and well-thought-out article, and the five months a year repetitiveness really drives your point home. Unfortunately, I believe there’s a few flaws in your article. Many who voted to defeat the conference center voted because we didn’t feel the conference center was a good value. It needs to be bigger to bring in larger groups that will actually put money into the economy, such as the Ford Motor Group.
Also, I’m not sure why you need five months a year, because a lot of us are here 12 months of the year, and I’d say four months are slow, two in the spring and two in the fall, and in the summertime we have a great deal of visitors, locals, as well as out-of-towners who put money into the economy. Unless you just mean the Christmas people that show up for a few weeks, this is a year-round resort, and we have summer visitors as well as winter visitors. Hopefully, you will start to notice that, but if not, you have a nice day, because some of us love living here and we put up with the slow times.
In the last 24 hours, I’ve had three near-accidents. Two in the roundabout and one on the freeway. The one on the freeway, a car drifted into my lane almost side-swiping me. The two in the roundabout, one person blasting through the roundabout, and the other person entering and almost side-swiping me. What did these three low-grade morons have in common? They were all on their cell phones.
The one that almost hit me in the roundabout the first time had his cell phone up blocking his peripheral vision, and he just blasted through, didn’t even see me. The one on the freeway talking on his cell phone, not paying enough attention, drifting into my lane, and unbelievably, the third near-accident I was almost hit by a young girl who had a cell phone in one hand and a cigarette in the other. We have to do something and get a law for people with handheld cell phones.
I just wanted to say, opening day at Beaver Creek. Gorgeous weather, gorgeous snow for first day of season. Guys at Base Mountain Sports were so awesome. Great customer service. Day’s going great. So we had to stand in a lift line at Beaver Creek for 25 minutes at 10:30. They have I think 10 windows up there, and three of them were open. There were 30 people in line. It was not good customer service and not a good way for Beaver Creek to start their season. Just thought I’d let you know.