The wealthy, retired and those with incomes derived outside the Sun Valley area have a duty not to kill the place they ostensibly love.

They also have a duty to understand the economics and history of the place so as not to harm it by carelessly trying to imprison its essence, sealing it up for their exclusive use or suffocating it by cutting off its economic air supply.

The Sun Valley area’s charms are not limited to its destination resort and world-class skiing. From the beginning, part of its charm was that it was a community of people of all income levels who shared a common passion for mountain life and an uncommon desire to protect the health of the area’s natural surroundings.

Sun Valley’s great spirit is grounded in skiing and boarding in the winter, and hiking, golf, tennis, biking, fishing and hunting in the summer and fall.

Local life is like a great Broadway play that envelops an audience in magic without letting them see the hard work of the rehearsing actors, scurrying stagehands, stressed-out set designers and music composers who create the magic.

When people with no direct connection to the local economy or its history come to the area, then the place, its people and its amenities can seem like they sprang up spontaneously.

They didn’t. They are the product of much thought, much argument, much planning and tons of work by ordinary people. While everyone should be welcome to enjoy the fruits of those labors, no one should be able to put them under lock and key for solely private enjoyment.

If private desires sunder the local common interest in mountain life, the Sun Valley area will quickly lose its charm for everyone.

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