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New strategies for success needed

Dear Editor,

I have watched with interest the many positive changes that have been taken place at Killington over the past few months. While it was bittersweet to see Bill's Country Store sell for $355,000, it will be exciting to see how five successful local businessmen transform it into a multipurpose information center. Coupled with that event, Selectman Haff has raised interest in a "Big Idea" to invest money in the infrastructure of the Killington area.

As I see it, the town is looking for a personality now and just being big, "The Beast of the East", is no longer accurate as the new owners of the ski area pursue a strategy of less discounting, fewer skiers/snowboarders, with a higher yield per ticket. For example, other rivals have features that they are known for: the Stowe Rd.with its quaintness and historic features (Trapp Family, etc.) reputation, and Smugglers Notch is known as The Family Resort.

So where does Killington start? My suggestion is for Killington to embark on a carbon neutral course with the goal of being the area known for its environmental/ecological cutting edge technology. I know some people, foundations, and universities who would be very interested in teaming up to take on such a project.

However, although Pres Smith was known as a conservationist, over the years Killington has a history (whether deserved or not) of being at odds with the state and other interested parties over the Act 260 permitting process. Why not try teaming up with the environmentalist, or at least some of them. It could even have additional benefits with the village plan!

Also, I can't understand is why you think it is so important to have a Republican representative to bring your 30% forgiveness request to the Statehouse. There is an old saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Why not vote for Anne Gallivan, a well known educator and Barstow Mentor Director, who has an open mind, no hidden agenda, and will have the ability to work with the House majority?  Her opponent, the incumbent and member of the 2012 House Health Care Committee, missed 9 out of 10 votes on health care reform saying the votes fell during vacation week which is sacred time with his family according to his answer recently at a Bridgewater Town Hall meeting.  In fact his 2012 roll call record showed a 29.7% percent absentee rate. 

Anne's three sons are fully grown and she is prepared to work FULL-TIME for her constituents.  For those of you in the ski business, would you rehire an employee who can't work weekends and holiday weeks?

Food for thought.
Tim Gillingham, a former 25 yr Killington Resort Manager and VP, N. Chittenden

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