Re: Joe Gerber's April 10 letter to the editor
As a resident of Breckenridge, I truly appreciate visitors, like yourself, that contribute to our local economy and care enough to clean up after themselves. As a former resident, you know that as the snow melts, most of the garbage accumulated during our busy tourist season starts rearing its ugly head.
There are only about 5,000 of us that live here full time, but that number rises temporarily to 35,000 during the Spring Break months of March and April. The mountain is a resort, operated by a corporation, the town is not; I have a full time job and attend school, I'm not retired or on vacation; like many locals, I don't have time to wander around picking up after 30,000 people. That doesn't mean I don't have pride in our community.
In May, as the tourists return to their homes, we have a town clean-up day. Have you ever attended? We display our pride by combing every street, alley, and river bank, collecting garbage that has accumulated over the busy winter. This year it will be held on May 18 at 9 a.m. Although it may not sound like the most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday, it is both rewarding and beneficial to our environment. You're welcome to come!
I encourage you to be a bit less judgmental toward the locals since we are generally the ones who clean up once the tourists and seasonal residents have gone home.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our town beautiful.
Sarah Demchak, Breckenridge