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Jack (who is called Jack) TOURISTS (34) RE: TOURISTS 08 Sep 99

Worked for a summer in a resort town back during the 'energy crisis'. Tourism was down almost 25% that summer, and many of the 'natives' were in a holy panic about how they were going to live through winter without their summer savings. Still, it didn't stop a lot of them from complaining about the Quebecois (Correct usage?). Some of it quite ugly. Learned an interesting lesson that summer. Bigotry is unrelated to the target. Heard locals using the exact same stereotypy to characterize the french that the bigots from my area used against black people in my own town. The sentences, the litany, the language was EXACT. It was as if the memorized a script with blanks to insert the desired epithet. Learned then that the hatred comes first, and the people just look for someone to apply it to.

Tourism can so modify the landscape that a lot is lost. Look at Niagra Falls. Its spectacular and the well kept cultivated gardens an park areas around them are nice. Seeing them at night with the colored illumination left my son speechless. Yet a part of me mourned for the lost opportunity to experience the Falls as a wild river surrounded by forest and accessible only by trail. To walk through the forest, feeling the mist, hearing the roar, and seeing the great plume through breaks in the canopy, then to come upon the chasm suddenly, is an experience I would have prefered.

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