Ellie Duncan: Vote No for a diverse community
April 16, 2009
In response to Cathy Johnson (Letters, April 14): Maybe you should move to Aspen? No, I jest. There is a place in every community for people of any and all socio-economic classes. I understand, and appreciate that second-home owners are a very important part of our Frisco community; both financially and socially. However, I also think that more working-class families and young people are another essential part of this town.
Let’s consider Cathy Johnson’s argument from a different point of view. I’ve been wondering what life would be like if the resorts and companies were to pay their employees higher wages. It would be fabulous! I would certainly not complain. However, if those employees were paid more, we may have to deal with some of the following issues. Would you like to pay $700 for your ski pass or $300? Would you like to drive for 50 miles to get to the nearest hospital? Would you like to pay $5 to ride the Summit Stage to Copper? Probably not. One of the reasons why people move to this county, temporarily or permanently, is to have easy access to the outdoors. Raising wages and putting more of the responsibility for community development onto independent companies, rather than our local governmental institutions, could change our level access and our lifestyle dramatically.
I moved here, and stayed, six years ago because I appreciated the place, the people and the passion of Summit County. I hope to raise my family and live my life in a community that is as diverse and as accepting as possible. Maybe that means that we have mansions next to mole hills, but that’s OK with me! Please vote NO this month in support of those people, places and passions and make Frisco a great place to be.