Letter: Vermont's tourism industry deserves our support

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To the Editor:

In response to Ron Alderman's letter to the editor entitled "Maybe I'm missing something here":

Yes, Mr. Alderman. You actually are. I will address only one of your issues as tourism and police issues are not at all related.

All it takes is a simple google search and paying attention to realize that tourism is one of the top industries in Vermont. People love to visit our beautiful state. In fact, we have hosted over 3,000 people in four years at our place. That amounts to tens of thousands of dollars in taxes to the state which I faithfully pay every month. Would I like to see the taxes that are sent to Montpelier by hotels, inns, B&Bs, and Short Term Vacation Rentals be used for tourism? Absolutely. It is an industry to celebrate and be thankful for.

Matt Harrington has done so much for Bennington County and the small business owners who work so hard to keep our businesses going. I would like to congratulate him on his new additional post as chair of the VT Travel and Recreation Council. Well deserved.

In fact, the more people who visit, the more likely they might choose to move here and we desperately need more young people. Hey Matt — I think I may have persuaded a young couple who visited to come back for the Chamber's Stay to Stay program. Keep up the good work!

Jenny Dewar,

Pownal

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