The Last Jumbo Letter

A letter to the editor proclaiming itself as the "last Jumbo letter".

Dear Editor,

NIMBY…NIMBY…NIMBY…all we hear from the majority of letter writers. After the reaction to the completely neutral and accurate article by Kelsey Verboom, I must respond. Pam and I started out pretty neutral to the Jumbo proposal, but after listening to the constant misinformation and vitriolic attacks by the opposition we are completely for it, as are the majority of business owners we know. I hope everyone notices the overwhelming vast majority of business owners we know. I hope everyone notices the overwhelming vast majority of loud voices of opposition are all RETIRED, or receive a pay check from someone else. If you are retired, and ‘have your place in the sun’, do the world a favour and get off the soapbox! You are each only one person, with one vote! Let someone else try to earn a living and create jobs for everyone else.

With Jumbo’s placement adjacent to another ski area, in an area with over 100 years of commercial use and the highest glacier (global warming makes this guaranteed to be the most successful ski area!) it is just a no-brainer. We’re lucky there weren’t many retired people here when the locals started Panorama! They give 500 jobs to the economy, many full-time. Jumbo has consistently passed the most stringent controls ever put on a ski development in the world.

There wouldn’t be a golf course or ski area anywhere without some land sales to help support the project.

Invermere actually has very little to do with the proposed resort.

If you want a cause, how about following the European Alps model and keep helicopters and ski-doos out of the back country!

This is my third or fourth letter in 40 years, how about some of you there follow that ratio.

John and Pam Nairn

Invermere