Friday, November 14, 2008

United we can

Your editorial, "Valley needs to get out of its own way," was great. You hit the bull's-eye when you stated that Ketchum and Sun Valley "will have to be tenacious and creative. Most of all they will have to be united."

Your key word is "united." Yes, a united Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Successful marketing of our tourist economy means marketing the name, Sun Valley. Tourists travel to Sun Valley even though they may never set foot in the actual town of Sun Valley during their stay. 2nd Homeowner, a group vital to community vibrancy, tell their friends they live in Sun Valley, even if their home is in Ketchum or the county. Ketchum residents have P.O. Boxes in Sun Valley. Be "creative," be "tenacious," and "unite" the two towns.

Calls to unite Ketchum and Sun Valley will no doubt be resisted by the CAVEs (Citizens Against Virtually Everything), who always want to keep us stuck in the past.

Both Ketchum and Sun Valley have highly effective and tremendously capable mayors in Randy Hall and Wayne Willich. Each is dedicated to the good of the community. With the tenacity and creativity you recommend, our mayors can find ways to make this proposal work. Now is the time for our mayors to pursue, "United we stand; divided we fall."

R. Miles Stanislaw


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