Randy Hall recently contacted me to discuss comments I made at the City Council meeting regarding Hotel Ketchum. He acknowledged that passions run high when some issues, like hotels and affordable housing, are in front of the P&Z and City Council. Randy stressed the importance of individuals' voicing their opinions, and that it is crucial that we maintain civility when we do. He reiterated that while we may not see eye to eye, we should agree to disagree, allowing us to live among one another respectfully.
Ketchum is a resort town, and in my opinion, the time is now to adopt a growth stance that enables it to compete with other resort towns. That growth may not be to some people's liking, but it is necessary for the health and sustainability of our community. It is frustrating to me that some individuals fail to see how desperately we need to move forward and plan for the greater good of the community.
It is not my intention to single out and offend anyone in particular with my suggestion that Ketchum may not be the place for them to live anymore. My comment was intended to be directed to the downtown residents who are so opposed to any growth.
Out of Randy's plea for civility, in the future I will translate my message in a more general manner.