Stebbins column promotes separatism |

Stebbins column promotes separatism

Mary Lou Taylor - Silverthorne

I would like to make a few comments regarding Jane Stebbins’ column (SDN, Oct. 15) “Escaping to Peace and Solitude S in Silverthorne.”

I found your column very confusing. I first thought the column was going to talk about escaping to the spectacular hiking and fishing in Silverthorne, but I was wrong.

I was shocked and appalled to realize that I was reading an article of judgment, stereotyping and separatism. I am even more disappointed that you accepted this column to be printed.

The first 11 paragraphs informed the reading public of Jane’s entire life’s vacation itinerary and listed her 1,000 friends that she has run into in her worldly arena.

This important information was given to us to set the stage to inform the public that the people of Breckenridge are upper-class snobs identified by the expensive beer they drink.

It was stated that “people from – sniff – Breckenridge don’t bother (dahling) to venture to the likes of Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon or, God forbid, Keystone.”

What’s with the pride in “ripping” Keystone? I thought that was a sport for 20-year-olds.

There are definitely way too many people in this world (everywhere) who believe their self-worth and identity is attached to exterior factors such as their career titles, income levels, size of houses, cars, toys and where they live – and yes, a few of these people live in Breckenridge.

I thought maybe the point of the column was to remind people to accept, have compassion and look within for strength and identity – but no – wrong again.

The column went on to inform the public that the people who live in Silverthorne are low-class Pabst beer drinkers, stating, “They’re a whole ‘nother kind of people down there. They don’t have the same jokes we have in Breckenridge.”

Is it just me, or do I detect judgment, stereotyping and separatism?

What exactly was the point of this column? I’d very much like to know.

Mary Lou Taylor


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