‘Outsider Looking In’ sees the Fraser Valley changing
April 7, 2009
To the Editor:
I fell in love with the Fraser Valley the first time I visited over 25 years ago. I have owned property up here for many years and have been fortunate enough to experience the numerous outdoor activities afforded to the locals on a year-round basis.
The lure of the region is its atmosphere, its physiological climate, its variety. The people are friendly, yet esoteric and Fraserish. This valley, however, is not an easy place in which to make a living.
I don’t drive a shuttle bus, run a ski lift, or sell real estate. Nor do I stand behind a bar, wait tables, or teach people how to ski. I’m in my 60s and retired. I’m an outsider trying to look at this valley from the inside.
You are changing and outside forces are after your identity. A recent article in your local paper told you to hang together and help each other. I would like to reiterate that and add: Don’t sell your souls and never give up.
Things will never go back to the way they were, but the situation will improve. Just think: You could always live in the Midwest where the economy is worse and the sun seldom shines. So keep the faith, Grand County. After all, how many places have a seven million dollar cabriolet?