Letter: Sometimes the unpopular decision is the best decision
October 18, 2013
Sometimes the unpopular decision is the best decision
Andy lacks a key element in his critique of the Village Market's departure from Snowmass — Andy does not have all the facts ("Snidely or Dudley? Or both?", commentary, Oct. 16, The Aspen Times)!
Dwayne Romero's reasons for choosing Clark's Market as a new tenant undoubtedly have to do with many business factors. There are matters of rent, maintenance costs, length of the lease, improvements within the store, hours of operations, and many other issues. Andy does not have those facts at hand — just the fact that Village Market did not get a new lease.
And thus nostalgia prevails and is the real apparent basis of the criticism.
We all hate to see things go that we have become accustomed to having with us in the community. But their loss is not necessarily the result of greed or management insensitivity. It is instead, almost always, just good business sense.
Like, for example, the business sense of the local owners of the historic Aspen Times who chose to sell it to a newspaper chain. Or the sale and closing of many a business over the last 50 years — like the White Kitchen, or Andre's, or The Timber Mill, or Tom's Market, and on and on and on.
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As for Dwayne, he does, indeed, have a commitment to our community, our state, our nation and our society. But not all of his decisions will always be popular, just as all opinions of local columnists are not always popular.
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