I wish you had have printed Mr. Bennett's letter.
Letters to the editor can be full of the same old shills and political flacks with much wounded oxen to gore. I prefer the cranks! Those earnest ranting loons whose miscomprehension of how everything works leave the impression that the writer must truly be under a vicious case of porphyria.
In light of the recent developments concerning the Nita Lake Development, I would like to provide some thoughts on this particular issue. I have been a resident of Whistler for well over seven years and love this town like no other. Prior to this I resided in a number of larger cities in both Europe and North America, involving myself with activities centred around the business world. I came here to escape the negativities of the city and the people that create that misery. For the most part I have found Whistler to be a community-oriented, giving, caring town. For anyone else who feels the same about this place I urge you to take note of a small but well-funded group of individuals intent on putting personal interests before those of the overall community.
At risk are a number of opportunities for the community, things that would benefit this town providing amenities and privileges beyond the scope of most budgets. On the chopping block is a revitalization project for a commercially-zoned property in Creekside, sustainable transportation opportunities in the form of a rail station, much needed funding for an assortment of community groups, a 25-acre parcel of rare wetland ecosystem, and above all, opportunity for real Whistlerites, employees, to purchase their own homes. It has been suggested that these items are "bribes". This is not the case; do some homework into municipal legislation. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. We should take advantage of what is being offered. The reality of it is that if this were almost any other town in B.C. there would be no additional amenities offered aside from the development itself. Whistler is in a unique position.
If this group of people succeed with their footdragging and threats of legal action, it will be, for me, the single most selfish act I have ever been witness too in my life. If they are successful, I hope that they will be able to live with themselves, knowing that they have starved this fabulous community of a wonderful set of opportunities, opportunities that will benefit generations to come. Shame on you for taking it this far. In Whistler, mean people are not welcome.
Theo S. Hudson