To the editor:
To the out-of-towners who continue to write to our local newspaper in order to complain about the voters of the town voting in favor of a short-term rental ban: The valley existed for decades without Airbnb and accommodated a great variety of tourists.
Now you have options of pet-friendly hotels, motels, hotels with water parks, bed and breakfasts, and, of course, campgrounds. For those of you who simply “need” to have space for your dogs, there are doggy hotels throughout the country, and we have them here, too.
I have a dog, I love my dog, but he brings limitations because he is a dog, so when we travel, we make accommodations that are appropriate, and don’t expect our destination to make the accommodations for us. That is some seriously entitled thinking. Besides, we have to live here with the people that abuse their privileges as visitors to our town. You don’t.
To the people who bought up all this real estate to make some extra cash that are upset over the ban: Maybe you should consider that while your bottom line might get hurt, buying the real estate up the way that people have in the last several years has created a housing crisis where families are forced to live in dangerous conditions, in motels, on the couches of friends or family, or simply be homeless.
You should care way more for your community neighbors than your wallet. If you can afford to buy two, three or four properties, you can afford to sell them and help out your own community.
Shame on all of you and your selfish, entitled attitudes.
The voters have spoken. Period.