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Vail Daily letter: Allow competition

Dear Madame Secretary Penny Pritzker,

As a billionaire, current commerce secretary and regular speaker at the Aspen Institute, you stated recently on NPR that President Barak Obama wants the feds to encourage “competition.”

Great! If the president is really sincere, then start with telling White River National Forest bigwig Scott Fitzwilliams to allow multiple competing ski schools here at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge like the feds do at Snoqualmie Summit in the Pacific Northwest on National Forest. And don’t forget competing ski schools existed at formerly independent Aspen Highlands before they were gobbled up by the monopoly Aspen Snowmass.

In France, Switzerland and South America, they allow competition, but not here? Consumers would benefit because private lessons would no longer cost $800 for six hours.

Oh, wait … that might reduce profits for giant corporations like Vail and Aspen, owned by Obama’s “best friends” — the powerful billionaire Crown family, who also own the merchant of death, General Dynamics.

Perhaps, it’s better to ask our state senator, formerly in management with Vail Ski & Snowboard, to encourage Fitzwilliams?

Lee Mulcahy

Aspen