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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

In answer to W.S. Lester's letter in the Jan. 9 Dispatch, I think he/she had better get to know some facts about the "snowbirds" (winter visitors). If it weren't for the "snowbirds" bringing in so much money to the state of Arizona and to our local area, the cost to the rest of us would be considerably more. They pay taxes on everything they buy, on the property they own, staying at RV parks, shopping at local stores, restaurants, grocery stores, and do volunteering and more. I am sure the stores do appreciate their business. Maybe you should ask them if they like "snowbird" business.

And for them being rude, I think that you are completely wrong! I find that the "snowbirds" are more friendly/courteous than many of the local people. And accusing them of bad driving and their self-expression of being entitled to that which they have not earned is really a stupid statement. I believe that they are entitled to live the life they have worked for. And I am sure that they have insurance on their vehicles, more than I can say for some local residents. It is their privilege to drive, shop and do and go where they want; they are paying plenty for that privilege.

I do think that you, W.S. Lester, owe the "snowbirds" an apology, accusing them of these things, when we should really welcome them to our community.

J. Carlson

Arizona City

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