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August 7, 2012
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Setting the tarp record straight

Dear Roger Marolt,

The following is an email I forwarded to the papers last year. What is your problem with everything Snowmass Village, including past and current history?

You certainly are not a voice of reason, never deal with the facts and basically are a downright "ugly" columnist. I would not expect as much from the son of Max Marolt. Wake up and smell the roses! We live in a wonderful environment, among mostly good people - in which I once included you.

Sure, I would have liked to have been on the winning side of the Base Village votes, but I wasn't. Yet you never heard me say, "I told you so." Your recent piece on last year's tarp incident sucked. I would suggest you meet "us" at least couple of hours earlier before the gates open this Labor Day and find out what tarp etiquette is all about. Try paying your dues instead of running your mouth! The following is the editorial piece I spoke about.

Typically I do not respond to letters to the editor, consistent with the principle of free speech. Yet enough is enough, relative to the Bill Boineau "tarp" incident. Although Bill might deserve some friendly ribbing for pulling out his business card, no one can question his integrity or the good intention of saving space for the gang of friends.

The facts, from an adjacent tarp owner's perspective, include the following:

Bill arrived at the main gate before 11 a.m., two hours before opening. At some time after 1 p.m., we put our tarps out together, folding his under by a third. Bill spent most of the three hours before "Mr. Drama" arrived at or around the site. Either the tarp blew over or Mr. Drama moved it.

Unfortunately it was not repositioned by the gals in front who were watching it. Had Mr. Drama respected their feedback when told the space was taken, this whole "circus" never would have occurred. Or maybe Mr. Drama could have arrived at the gate early and waited in line like everyone else. Bill gave Mr. Drama his business card, after hearing he was going to ream Snowmass Village, thus choosing to take the heat on himself. We had 20-plus people (row after row of chairs) on our tarps for the last two bands.

In conclusion, we know there are two or more sides to every story. It is clear that we followed concert etiquette. It is not so clear that Mr. Drama did. It is unfortunate that this incident, the B.S. in the papers and the personalized criticism of Bill, based only on Mr. Drama's side of the story, occurred. I'd say it is time to offer a few apologies if your facts were incomplete and move on, chalking it up as a learning experience for all involved.

Jack Hatfield

Snowmass Village

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