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Being neighborly

Dear Editor:

I appreciate Chris Tessem’s spirited defense of his fellow Basalt resident Anne Freedman (letters, Oct. 25), but he is not defending what she said nor responding to what I did say. If Basalt wants to deny the development application for Whole Foods because it believes there are enough grocery stores in Basalt ” do it! My objection is to Ms. Freedman’s desire to deny the application because Whole Foods was a Texas corporation and she preferred her “local” grocery store, even though it was in fact an Ohio corporation. She wants Basalt to do business with Ohio corporations but not Texas corporations ” and that is a pernicious form of bigotry I don’t believe a thinking person should espouse.

Chris ” and may I call you Chris? ” I do in fact shop at the City Market in Basalt, and I hope to be able to shake your hand and wave at you like neighbors do, because I consider MY neighborhood to be the entire Roaring Fork Valley. What I don’t understand is your comparison of traffic in Basalt ” should a Whole Foods be built there ” to traffic in Houston! If I wanted to compare Basalt to some large metropolitan area, I would have first thought of Denver (where a drive-through Denver on I-70 or I-25 at 2:30 in the afternoon would bring you the same standstill stop and go traffic as you get on I-10 in Houston) ” unless I was one of those nasty bigots who first think of spitting out a Texas epithet because I reflexively hate all things “Texas” ” and I’m back to my original objection again. Houston is a huge city of over 2 million people; Basalt is around 3,000 ” do you REALLY think that one Whole Foods grocery store is going to bring 2 million people to Basalt? As much as I think people from the valley would shop at Whole Foods (and bring their sales tax dollars to you ” an aside only in that it is unusual to prefer property taxes to sales taxes), it’s drawing power is nowhere near that number. By all means, say “no” to MORE, just don’t say “NO MORE” because you don’t like Texas corporations ” that would say things about you I don’t think you want said, and if you do, well, we aren’t really very “neighborly,” are we?

R. Barry Crook

Aspen