Letter: Kremmling Chamber director didn’t understand community
Ryan Summerlin July 24, 2014
To the Editor:
When I read the opinion piece in the July 24 Sky-Hi News offered by Christine Mahorney, who is the outgoing Kremmling Chamber director, she said she moved to Kremmling because she liked the community and the schools. While any reasonable person condones respectful debate on delicate subjects and not bullying, harassment, or hate mail, just what about Kremmling made her believe the community was largely in favor of expanding beer gardens at public events?
Most people don’t give a rip what one does privately behind closed doors and are generally in favor of business establishments that are regulated to encourage safe behavior. But Ms. Mahorney said “she knows what it takes to make money and host successful events.” While the SnowBall in Winter Park last year made money and was successful, the lesson learned was the Grand County community, as a whole, does not favor excessive public displays of alcohol or drugs. And after living here for several years she should know the west side of the county is more conservative than the east side and that most people don’t live here to make money but to make enough money to live here.
Why is it that liberals think “forward thinking” and “progress” need to involve public displays of alcohol or drug use, and those who object wanting a more conservative lifestyle are, as she said, “obstinate” and “inane?” Chambers should reflect the ideals and work with the community. This type of forced liberalism will certainly bring backlash.
While her opinion piece struck out against the “small-mindedness of a loud minority,” one has to wonder if she really had a handle on the ideals of the whole community. It appears she did not, and that is obstinate.
Hot Sulphur Springs