|Nonvoting snowbirds important to Vilas County|
Letter to the Editor:
The letter published last week (May 22) from the resident all-terrain vehicle (ATV) club president is interesting and notable in one specific regard — that snowbirds are clearly second-class citizens. They apparently should not count, in that writer’s view.
Wow. Seems to me that snowbirds are property owners. They pay property taxes (possibly even more than some), contribute to local charities, support local churches, local businesses and take care of the lakes at a disproportionate level.Indeed, they may do just about everything that nonsnowbirds do (at a level that might exceed some nonsnowbirds) except for one thing — they don’t have representation. They don’t get to vote for their chosen representative. It’s a rule, after all.
My thought is that snowbirds do count — a lot. Some become residents and vote. Anita and I are examples. All are important to this community, and without the cottagers, things in Vilas County would probably be very different.
For the sake of our environment, we need to win this battle against ATVs, and it seems we need to make a point.
Vilas County has a long history of nonvoter investment in its future. It has come a long way, when you consider its distance from population centers.
It is time to make that “invested voice” count and protect our environment from those who would sell it for their personal gain.
|Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:42 PM|