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Phish fears overblown

April 7, 2011

I’d like to offer a response to your article regarding the concerns expressed by some of the local community about the upcoming Phish shows in Bethel.

Residents of Alpharetta, GA expressed similar concerns last year when Phish played two concerts over Fourth of July weekend. Did the town get overrun with crazy fans? No. In fact, I spoke to security guards, police officers and locals that consistently reported fantastic and positive experiences, not to mention the huge economic boon to the community. Consequently, Phish has been invited back to Alpharetta for two nights this summer.

I commend the community for having the foresight to think ahead about potential issues related to the concerts, but I want to speak for the majority of fans when I say that all we are looking to do is to have fun, enjoy the time with our friends and family, and see a band about which we are passionate. The bottom line is if you treat people with respect, you will get respect in return.

Marc Pechaitis
Boulder, CO