Letters to the Editor<br>
Can tabs make a difference
To the editor:
This is the fourth year we have collected can tabs for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Arizona. The first year we collected 10 gallons, the second year was 15 gallons and last year we met our goal of 20 gallons. We took the tabs to Tucson on Sept. 13, which we do every year in the summer.
We want to thank all those who have been collecting tabs including the Williams Elementary-Middle School, Elephant Rocks Golf Course, the World Famous Sultana (especially during the biker rally) and the community for saving their tabs for this outstanding charity.
The Ronald McDonald Houses of Arizona and across the nation house families who have very sick children who are in hospitals in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. The facilities and rooms are immaculate and the stay is only $10 per night per family. We met the manager of the Tucson facility, Matt Hitchcock, back in September. He extends his heartfelt thanks to everyone in Williams for their gracious contributions to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Arizona.
So far this year, WEMS has a couple of classes that already have surpassed three or more gallons each of tabs collected. Also the Sultana and Canyon Club have pledged to keep collecting.
This year we are hoping to collect over 20 gallons and with the community’s held, I know we can do it.
For more information call Bob Lillie at the WEMS bus barn at 635-2057 or 635-4428, ext. 312. Thank you so much, Williams.
Bob and Deb Lillie
City to blame for lack of spirit
To the editor:
We are writing in response to the recent letter, and the “Williams — Christmas Town” article which inspired it.
We were curious about Mrs. Bazzaron’s experience of finding downtown barren in December. Probably at least in part due to the wonderful APS lighting contest, it seemed to us that nearly every storefront up and down Route 66 was decorated with holiday lighting.
Perhaps Mrs. Bazzaron was actually expressing a concern that we ourselves have voiced, and heard reflected from many other local merchants: Why doesn’t the city of Williams or the Chamber of Commerce do anything for the holiday season?
The “other mountain towns … with all the season’s spirit” she refers to probably have something in common with the big cities we’ve lived in. Cities interested in holiday commerce have lights and decorations strung across the street from every lamppost (Williams actually has an ordinance prohibiting this), they hold “Winter Carnivals” and concerts to draw people in, they set up a temporary outdoor ice skating rink or snow-play area for warm-climate tourists to enjoy the cold weather, and they have carolers on the street corners (not at the train depot — we’re trying to get the people to leave there and come downtown!).
We have our doubts about things changing as well, Mrs. Bazzaron. But the issue isn’t merchants who lack “sight,” but rather merchants who are doing all they can in a city that lacks it.
We truly regret that our store was probably among those that were closed when Mrs. Bazzaron looked into town, but economic reality has to take precedence over holiday cheer in the operation of a business. With high utility costs for heating, it costs us money every day we stay open and have no customers (and there have been plenty this winter) — and keeping our store open, in and of itself, does not somehow encourage people to visit Williams.
Wolf and Tiffany Holley
Iron Horse Depot