Crotched is too valuable to lose
To the editor:
I am a huge supporter of the Ledger and encourage everyone to read and subscribe to the paper to keep our invaluable local paper afloat. However, I am absolutely astounded at your continuing coverage of the Francestown zoning board meetings about the Crotched lights.
At the meeting I attended, supporters of the variance spoke for three and a half hours — from the entire St. Anselm ski team to schoolchildren to older people who have skied at Crotched their entire lives. Detractors spoke for maybe 20 minutes and there were only four of them.
At the next meeting, supporters of the variance packed the house again — but both times, your reporter quoted only the few people who spoke against the variance, and did not mention the hundred supporters who stood patiently for hours in the basement of the Francestown meeting house (again).
The overwhelming sentiment in this valley, especially among the young people and families who represent the economic future of our region, is that Crotched must stay open. If the variance is not granted, or, when granted, stipulates conditions that are economically unrealistic for the mountain — such as all new lights — there is a real possibility that we will lose our ski area again.
Please, if your family skis or rides at Crotched, show the Francestown Zoning board your support for the variance by attending the next meeting of the Francestown Zoning Board of Adjustment on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Francestown Town House.