Letter: East Grand could use a Walmart
January 6, 2015
To the Editor:
I have two recent things from the Sky-Hi News that I would like to comment on.
First are the "anti-Walmart" letters. While I know that a lot of people don't like the "big box" stores and would like people to shop locally, I am one of the few that would like to see something like a small Walmart or Murdoch's in east Grand County.
I've heard all the arguments pro and con, and I admit that there is merit to those arguments. There is also my argument that most stores in Grand County do not go out of their way to get my business. One example is lumber. I am an occasional weekend wood butcher, and if the local Ace store doesn't have what I want on Saturday morning, it means a trip to Evergreen or Lakewood.
I can see the hate mail now! The local lumber yard will cry, "We're open Saturdays!" Well, in the past when I went there, you were not open on Saturday, So now I saddle up and go to Denver.
The same with clothes. I now buy 90 percent of my clothes "online" because the stores here just do not have the stuff I want, or need. I admit that I truly miss the Trading Post, and Elk Creek Mercantile. They had stuff, and in sizes that I liked.
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Now on to my second comment. Keith Sanders has a column about mountain biking, and it is generally well done. The latest one is a good article, but it hit a sore spot with me. I was real into mountain biking several years ago, but I also like exploring on my ATV, and in the last several years many of the old trails/roads that I liked have been closed or destroyed. Meanwhile, there is a new mountain bike trail every 50 feet or so in the national forest, and I presume on BLM.
I would like to point out that many old trails or roads like Tipperary, or Rogers Pass, and Mine Creek, were kept "open" by those of us with our (hated) four-wheel-drives. The Zoom, Broken Thumb,and High Lonesome Trails, were reconnected by snowmobile tours, and some were open to dirt bikes, and ATVs
I do not wish to see mountain biking lose a single trail. But,I am tired of being locked out of public land!