Summit Daily letters to the editor: Ski school competition and Frisco fracas
April 18, 2016
Dear Madame Secretary Penny Pritzker
As a billionaire, current Commerce Secretary and regular speaker at the Aspen Institute, you stated yesterday on NPR that President 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 in Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Highlands, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone & Breckenridge like the feds do in the Pacific Northwest on public lands.
In France, Switzerland & 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 Mr. Fitzwilliams?
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A failure of government in Frisco
It appears the ugly side of politics has come to Frisco.
Shame on Larry Sawyer for not announcing he would not accept the Town Council position due to health reasons BEFORE the voting started. I have even stronger negative feelings for anyone knowing this before the election and not disclosing the information.
It is easy to understand he may not have made decision before ballots were printed, but this is a small town, and it would have been very easy to put an announcement in the Summit Daily, so voters would have had an opportunity to exercise their vote for a candidate who would be able to serve.
Now we will see what the town council is made of. Hopefully, they will disqualify Mr. Sawyer's results and award the position to Rick Ihnken, who was next highest in the vote tally.
Terry J Kryshak
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