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I just read, with some dismay, a letter from tourist Thomas C. Black. In his letter, Mr. Black breaks down the cost of a meal at two different restaurants in town.

He goes into great detail about discounts, nights to eat on, and frequent diner programs. His entire letter boils down to an 88 cents difference for similar meals at the two different restaurants, as long as you eat on Mondays.

Is this what our tourist industry has boiled down to? Are these the kind of people we are now attracting to our little hamlet? What?s next, early bird dinners, $5 all-you-can-eat buffets, or $6 prime rib specials?

Are we to become the number one AARP tourist destination? Are polyester stretch pants going to replace Ralph Lauren as the dress of choice in Aspen? Do we really want to attract the kind of individual that will spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to figure out how to save 88 cents on his vacation?

I know we locals have a good chuckle on occasion about the rich and famous that grace us on a daily basis, but the laugh is going to be on us if we drive them away by becoming the Branson, Mo., of the ski industry!

Lauri Veal

Old Snowmass


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