Shopping isn’t what’s important in Carbondale
I want to thank Laurel Lamont for stating her opinion. Coming from the wife of one of the lawyers for the Marketplace, I’m not surprised at the content but am disturbed and insulted by the tone.
I am a mother and have enjoyed living in the valley the last 33 years. I raised two children here who are now working to make this world a better place, and I feel their being raised in a small town atmosphere, surrounded by the outdoor recreation, and the values that come with that lifestyle, has contributed greatly to who they are today.
Living here has been a struggle at times but certainly not because of the inconvenience of shopping. Why move to Carbondale if shopping is so important?
I agree that we need tax revenues, but tax revenue does not just come from big box stores and large malls. There are already many regional shopping centers in our area that are convenient and accessible.
As far as our scare tactics, the truth is scary. The traffic and costs to the town that this project will generate will change our lives here forever.
Alternatives are plentiful. Tourists come here because of the natural beauty, recreation and the peace and quiet. This source of revenue has been unexplored and untapped for some reason. We have clever, educated, creative people living in our community who are eager to work on this issue. We deserve better and we can have better. Please vote “no” on July 15, even if you are not a mother.
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