More friction


Thank you for the deeply reported article by Nick Bowlin. The Gunnison Valley may be the sharpest illustration of the changes in the mountain West that were worsened by COVID-19. Clearly, it was a mistake, in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, to try to ban “outsiders” from using their second homes in Gunnison County.  However, it was the absence of an effective national policy that encouraged the spread of the infection across state and local boundaries and left local government with few good choices. The friction between locals and wealthy outsiders is now made worse.

Mark Dillen
Denver, Colorado

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