I recently returned to Ketchum after a six-week absence. The first thing I noticed was an April-level melting event that was occurring in January.

The second thing I noticed was that council members had justified first approval for that preposterously oversized hotel on the basis that we don’t want to just stick with the status quo.

I wonder how many tons of carbon dioxide will be emitted in the building of that hotel, and what the emissions footprint of the additional tourist traffic will be.

I wonder when it was that our “status quo,” a prospering economy and a devoted tourist base, suddenly became not enough for our elected representatives.

I wonder when we’ll stop sowing the seeds of our own destruction in the name of greed.

Lee Chubb, Ketchum

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