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Summit Daily letters: Making tourism in Summit County more sustainable

Making tourism in Summit County more sustainable

Summit County has become a victim of its own success. Tourism volumes are causing serious employment/housing issues, traffic and parking issues, and now add in closures of many local dispersed camping areas. These issues are not unique to Summit. Resort areas across the West are facing the same challenges.

While much attention is certainly being given to these problems, solutions seem elusive. One element that is missing from the conversation is that of consumer education. What types of behaviors do we as community members wish to see from our visitors to help mitigate their impact?

In areas sensitive to environmental impacts from tourism such as the Himalayas, rainforests and tropical reefs, consumer education is standard operating procedure. Perhaps resort towns would do well to follow this lead.

Marketing efforts have clearly been effective at increasing awareness of, and stimulating, visitation to the Rocky Mountains. If some of that skill were redirected at consumer education, some of the impacts from visitation might become more manageable.

There seems to be an unspoken belief that any attempt to overtly influence tourist behavior would scare them away. It would be totally within bounds to tell tourists how to keep their visits sustainable. A coordinated campaign of consumer education would play a meaningful part at progressing toward solutions to the problems of being trampled by tourism.

Tom Castrigno


Uncompromising Republicans shirk responsibility to govern

As a diehard independent voter, perhaps the Republicans can help me understand their choice in the recent election. I assume they are looking for my vote in November. On Tuesday, they chose Darryl Glenn to be their standard bearer for Congress. As I understand the appeal of Donald Trump, it is, among other things, because his supporters are tired of gridlock in Congress. So, Colorado Republicans choose a man who has vowed to not moderate his very conservative views during a general election and said he will never work with Democrats if he ends up in Washington. Someone needs to explain how Mr. Glenn’s stance comports with trying to undo the Congressional gridlock.

I can just see it now, our Legislature filled with 535 members (House and Senate), each with their own agenda and no one willing to compromise. What part of ‘governing’ don’t these people understand?

During the fallout of the 1972 Democratic fiasco, William Safire noted, “Nothing is more certain in politics than the crushing defeat of a faction that holds ideological purity to be of greater value than compromise.” Mr. Glenn, and others, would do well to heed that advice.

Charles D. Pitman


American history more complicated than presented

Re: Reflection on Independence Day (Don Severe, June 30, Summit Daily News).

I was born in another country and moved to this country when I was 2 years old. My father was a U.S. citizen, but my mother was not. My birth certificate reads United States citizen, born of an American parent. I am proud to be an American and would not choose to live in any other country.

I became outraged, however when I read Don Severe’s letter.

To the author: Have you really read the history of the United States of America? You talk about being blinded by today’s divisiveness and corrupt leadership — this has been going on since the beginning of our nation. Many of the founding fathers were slaveowners; they were self-serving, allowing only large landowners to have a vote in the policies of the running of the country. They stole land from the Native Americans and offered them nothing in return. They lied, cheated , etc. to get what they wanted to benefit themselves financially. Things never seem to change — so don’t spew your B.S. In the relatively recent past the political parties worked together for the benefit of the people. Today highly paid lobbyists and highly funded interest groups have purchased Washington. President Obama has a higher approval rating than past President Bush despite Republican Party representatives dissing him, not working with him and making it known immediately upon him taking office that their main goal was for him not to succeed. Was that the best for the overall country? I don’t care if you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, what we all need to do is get the folks in Washington working for the people and not corporations.

When you say God Bless America, is that at the expense of the rest of the world? We are a country of immigrants and we should continue to honor the words of Emma Lazarus and the poem she wrote that was installed on the Statue of Liberty in 1903: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free. Send these, the homeless tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Kari Kronborg


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