Shari Burkhalter
Granby

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March 21, 2013
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Letter to the Editor: Snowball "was it worth it?"

To the Editor:

SnowBall has come and gone, and the question that everyone seems to be asking is: "Was it worth it?"

I have certainly heard some grumbling about the traffic, parking, litter on the town streets and some general unruliness but all of those things were anticipated and, from what I have heard, our local law enforcement agencies did an outstanding job at maintaining order. When asking the question "Was it worth it?" you have to include the obvious: "Was it good exposure for the valley? How did local businesses fare? How did the valley as a whole fare?"

While the final numbers are not yet in, the overall consensus seems to be that it was a good event overall and maybe it was "worth it."

Then on Friday, March 15, we were given a different view in Dr. Mark Paulsen's guest opinion "Substance abuse, the dark side of SnowBall festival," and that question took on a whole new meaning. There comes a time when exposure and money have to be moved to the bottom of the list of things that are important, and I believe we have reached that time.

Does this make us a desirable location for a "family" vacation? Is this really what we want for our community? Is this really what we want to expose our children and our youth to? I don't know if the promoters of this event will want to come back here next year but, if they do, I implore those of you who will make that decision to consider the "dark side" of this event and then ask yourself that question ... "Was it worth it?

Shari Burkhalter

Granby


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