LETTER: Article unfairly characterizes downtown hotel

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | 4:19 p.m. CST; updated 4:31 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 10, 2010

COLUMBIA — As a friend of the owner of the Regency Hotel Downtown and a seasonal tenant, I take issue with your article on Page 3 of the Tuesday paper regarding a new hotel at that site.

Many people are working hard to have the property ready for one of the busiest weekends of the year. Your writer belittles their efforts and really gives the 300-plus tenants staying there this weekend something to look forward to.

I have never seen mold there, and I question the negativity percentage referenced. By far, most of the guests I’ve spoke with have had a fine time at the Regency.

What’s the motivation to attack and slander a business that is working with what it’s got and employing and serving so many people? What is your article’s impact on future reservations if the tax-increment financing doesn’t pass? And on and on…

Randy Slater lives in Crawford, Colo.

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