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Bill Wilson: Let’s skip the XXX zoning in Grand County

To the Editor:

I have been coming to the Tabernash area for 59 of my 63 years. My family has a historic cabin and land. I fished with Eisenhower, rode with the Evans family of Hurd Creek Ranch, played with the R C Black kids (Sky Valley Ranch), hung out with the Yagers (Devil’s Thumb).

I can’t begin to tell you how sad this article (about adult entertainment zoning, Oct. 5) is to me. The valley has been a place of beauty and peace, although fighting to maintain it has been hard and frustrating.

I do not get how allowing / tolerating or encouraging “sexual encounter establishments” contributes positively to the area.

Does the government of Grand County believe this will bring money in or add to the live-ability? Draw tourists? If they allow one, then please allow several. Then competition can start with pamphlets and brochures … just like Vegas. That should really appeal to families.

I just do not see that a legal statute preventing “sexual encounter establishments” and the side effects – and there are many unpleasant ones – would infringe on my rights or anyone else’s. If I can’t build a fire in drought season, catch and keep a stream trout, tear up the land with bikes, why should the county encourage and zone other probable destructive activities.

I am all for freedom of speech and personal freedoms. I see nothing traumatic for those who need the parlors and adult facilities to drive over the hill, or indulge before they enter the Valley. I do not believe morality can be legislated. I do believe that the environment can be managed to promote healthy, appropriate growth and experiences.

The concept is a little painful – to think of my kids or theirs planning a trip to the Valley and having the option for paid sexual events to go along with the hike and fishing and bike riding. Go see the Columbine and chipmunks and take in an adult movie? C’mon. Very sad definition of progress.

Bill Wilson

Oklahoma City


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