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Try to be nice to the tourists

R-C Editorial Board

A critical part of the county’s economic vitality plan is attracting people to Carson Valley.

Among the attractions are Candy Dance, Main Street car event, Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, concerts in the park, movies after dark, hiking trails, dirtbike trails, horseback riding, and a host of other things that bring noise and traffic but also money to the Valley.

We appreciate the inconvenience that events designed to attract large numbers of people to the Valley pose to our residents. We’ve been known to occasionally mutter when having to share the road with a bicycle race or follow the Pony Express.

But we’re going to have to behave somewhat if we’re to participate fully when the recovery comes.

We can’t rely on people building and buying houses to put bread on our tables any longer. We’re going to have to find a source of income besides pensioners for Carson Valley businesses.

The county’s determined the best way to do that is to showcase the things that attracted people to the Valley in the first place. We agree. That means we’re going to have to be civil to the tourists, no matter how clueless.

We must shake off our natural contrariness, and find ways to be helpful if we’re to help bring prosperity back to the Valley.