Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Our "low-paying" jobs

I was absolutely incredulous when I read that Lee Chubb opposes having new hotels in Ketchum because they would "only bring in low-paying jobs."

Having the capacity to handle small conventions in Ketchum would be a shot in the arm for our economy. The average conventioneers would buy a fleece at Main Street T's and a book at Iconoclast, hire a fishing guide from Silver Creek Outfitters or rent a bike at the Perch, take in a movie at the Magic Lantern, book a massage at Zenergy, pick up some supplies at Chateau and eat out—a lot. They are introduced to our great valley and bring their families back for vacation.

Mr. Chubb might derisively label our jobs as low paying, but they are our livelihoods. He is ridiculously misguided, as is this effort to recall the mayor for trying to help this town stay on its feet.

Ellen Gillespie


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