Letters to the Editor 

Reduce; don't grow

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This year's major events were the best ever, bolstered by the newest success, the Gran Fondo. Although the RMOW is never the lead, our staff provide critical support to ensure success for event promoters.

Economy

This year Whistler accessed approximately $10 million in hotel taxes, much of it used toward Games success, the athletes' village, and resort promotion. We received about $90 million in leveraged direct Games contributions and hundreds of millions more in built infrastructure, global marketing and capacity building.

Congratulations have to go out to all of the event organizers in Whistler. Every year they manage to grow, driving business to the resort and creating lasting memories for our guests and residents.

Generally, although resort business has not recovered from previous highs, we continue to perform well and to outperform our competitors.

Resident housing

After decades of housing shortages and unmet demand to house the staff, who make the resort operation possible, we turned the corner in 2010. With approximately 6,000 beds in the resident housing inventory, we have a strong edge in maintaining a diverse and vibrant community.

All in all, it has been a very memorable year.

Finally I want to thank and acknowledge your council. They have served the community well, gregariously engaging at every opportunity, listening to your input and taking appropriate action. Their work has not been easy and they have faced the challenges head-on.

Please remember our good fortune and consider those less fortunate. On behalf of all of council, we wish everyone a very happy holiday, love and good spirits, and bright and prosperous New Year.

Ken Melamed, Mayor

Resort Municipality of Whistler

 

You could look it up

I read with great amusement Councillor Eckhard Zeidler's jests about the funding of public libraries. Especially memorable is the phrase "as a library, there is an expectation that libraries are funded solely by the taxpayer. I'd like to know why that is."

His sarcasm is evident in his claim that other public libraries across North America are public only in name. If only costly public institutions and services were public only in name! Among other ridiculous results, it would mean our public servants' work (including councillors') would be funded only by their own commercial undertakings, and perhaps by donations.

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