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Overlook oversight: How has NH tourism survived?

How in the world has New Hampshire's North Country tourism managed to survive (some would even say prosper) these last 200 years without the "scenic overlook" now being built at Bretton Woods? And why on earth isn't there a plan for the immediate building of more of these special places so that our tourists might see the forests, and the trees, and the mountains?

How, indeed, have tourists been able to see that minuscule Presidential Mountain Range and its pipsqueak Mount Washington at all before now?

Never mind the overlook's price tag (now $800,000 and climbing). Never mind that the state highway folks couldn't say how that price compares, since no one can remember when the last such "scenic overlook" was built.

It's the principle of the thing (plus interest, of course). Why, the Mount Washington Hotel across the road from this work-in-progress put a lot of money into its own recent rehabilitation. It's only right that the taxpayer pony up, too. At least, that was the prevailing thinking at the Governor and Executive Council meeting that approved this public works beauty.

We hope that the tourists who have c ome here this Columbus Day weekend will forgive the terrible oversight that has left us with a half-built overlook. We hope they will be able, somehow, to find a way to look at the Northeast's highest peaks and woods ablaze with color.

And if they come back, New Hampshire will be able to show them something much more spectacular: Their tax dollars at work, on a parking lot with a view.


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