July 6, 2003
Ms. Marcy Morrison, Mayor
City of Manitou Springs
606 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Dear Mayor Morrison:
Please be aware that several Manitou businesses are in violation of what I understand to be a municipal ordinance requiring they sell Native American ephemera and other Western art tchotchkes.
The following is an exchange I recently had with a Manitou Subway clerk regarding this issue:
KC: Where are your dream catchers?
Subway: Is that a 6- or a 12-inch, sir?
KC: How about a miniature ceramic coyote?
Subway: Would you like to try one of our new freshly baked specialty breads?
KC: My ailing mother NEEDS a vaguely authentic healing crystal!
Subway: Hot peppers?
KC: I don't think we're communicating.
Subway: Are you a Sub Club member?
Similar conversations were had at Conoco and Sinclair.
What is going on? Am I the only one who cares about the state of Manitou's tchotchke economy? Some clarification is in order.