"Death of Common Sense’ is appropriate reading in flower debacle | SummitDaily.com

"Death of Common Sense’ is appropriate reading in flower debacle

In the May 17 edition, it was noted the Breckenridge town budget was off by $400,000.

In that article, Jan McKim of Skilled Hands Gallery said she had high hopes for this summer. She is attributed with a comment that continued survival of businesses will depend on vibrant storefronts, customer service and, most importantly, enthusiasm and a positive attitude. John Daisy of Fatty’s agreed.

In the May 18 paper, it was noted the town has denied Daisy’s application to erect a temporary greenhouse for the flowers traditionally displayed along Ridge Street.

What does this mean? There will be fewer flowers to create those “vibrant storefronts” Jan McKim thinks are so important to continued survival.

Tax revenues aren’t going to get any better. How many dollars were generated by visitors stopping at one of the area establishments, enticed by the flowery display?

How many diners linger, getting just one more cup of coffee or dessert, enjoying the summer show?

These floral displays attract visitors and locals alike, increasing economic activity and tax revenue.

This action by town planner Chris Neubecker is short-sighted and not in the long-term interests of the citizens of Breckenridge. If he makes any more decisions like this, and there won’t be much need for town planning.

“The Death of Common Sense” was an appropriate book to be distributed by Daisy to the town planners. Perhaps it should be followed up by a course in logic and critical thinking.

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