Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How about curing our own?


In response to the Nov. 13 editorial "Mountain towns can cure what ails America," how narrow-minded and disconnected are you? This piece is like a slap in the face to those who live here and are suffering.

Did you know, and you probably don't because our local papers, in fact the very one that you're reading right now, choose to not report on what is really happening in our mountain town. Here's a headline for those of you who still believe utopia is alive and well: Foreclosures are still abundant, job loss is soaring, the local food line is rising, businesses are closing, vacancies are on the increase and families are stressed to the limit.

People who go for a hike in our mountain town are faced with the same, if not more, stresses than city dwellers because the cost of living in our beautiful mountain town is too damn high and quite frankly, most often, the "cost of living" is the very reason why the stressed-out city dweller can't move to our beautiful mountain town. They don't have the money as a result of job loss and pay cuts. As a result, it is less expensive to stay right where they are.

So, the next time you're on a beautiful walk with your dog and as you breathe deep while taking in the surrounding beauty, think about the people who are suffering right here, in your mountain town.

I can't believe the Mountain Express allowed this to be printed. Talk about poor judgment.

Rod Kelly

Hailey




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