A marine chopper parked at Taos Regional Airport for repairs on Feb. 24.

Tucked away on page A4 of last week's Taos News was an article that deserves considerable attention of Taos residents. Our administration and some Taos business men apparently feel that a great way to stimulate business in Taos is to open our airport to many small jets that would transport people in and out from various major U.S. cities. Is this what we want - the buzz and pollution of more frequent jets in Taos skies? Do we want to turn Taos into an Aspen or Vail, Colorado?

I believe that when the pandemic is finally over, Taos will boom again without such compromising measures as the above. It's already happening in real estate.

What's most important is that we preserve the remaining charm, beauty and peacefulness of this valley, both for our own sake and that of tourists who wish to visit. We need to focus on creative ways to stimulate business without compromising the unique off-the-beaten-track appeal of Taos.

Decisions about expanding air traffic in our skies should come from a consensus of Taos residents, not just a few business people with their specialized interests.

Bruce Brown

Arroyo Seco

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