Letter: It’s sad to see what Sedona has become


My spirit animal and I are packed and ready to go.

My first visit to Sedona was in 1986. There wasn’t much here. The Rainbow Room and the Art Barn provided nightlife and culture in that order.

Many trips later the shabbiness of old landmarks, the cheesiness of the new , abysmal city planning, traffic congestion and the visual pollution tourism always disheartens me. The view that once offered a black infinity of stars is now a cityscape of hillside homes and artificial light.

The town is a haven for modern day outlaws, shady lawyers, unethical care-givers, con artists and sad botoxed clowns.

There are good people, too, at Ace Hardware, Bashas’ grocery, salt of the earth types who are too busy working and paying taxes to pursue the mysteries of crystal healing, people who call a rock a rock and not a vortex and aren’t wasting their days waiting for the return of extra terrestrials.

I thought I had seen all that misguided human imagination could conjure up until I happenened upon Sedona’s utopian community. There you find beautiful young people squatting in a hallucinogenic haze of non-conformism, surviving on love and hand-outs, idealistic boys at 25 who will clutter the sidewalks at 40 with their “help me” signs and lack of marketable job skills.

People of Sedona BUILD A WALL, -- between California and Arizona. Turn back the tide of reiki masters, psychics, organic vegetarians and all so-called metaphysicians, but especially the meditation gurus, frauds all preying on the vulnerable.

I can’t wait to return to New England where I will scrape 2 pounds of dead skin off my heels and purge myself of the stench of healing oils.

Namaste Sedona.

Patti Hughes

Formerly of Sedona


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lostone1413 4 months, 1 week ago

Bet some in Sedona can't wait either


Jimothy 4 months, 1 week ago

As some one who has lived here for over 30 years, doesn't buy into the new age stuff, gets frustrated with the traffic, and can't believe the homes being built in Sedona, I agree with lostone, good riddance to you. And not that it matters, I meet more New Engladers and east coast folks than Californians in Sedona.


wallymac 4 months, 1 week ago

I believe it was around 1990 when the Mayor of Sedona went on national TV and invited the whole world to Sedona for a visit. Only problem is they came to visit and never left.


tbabbitt 4 months, 1 week ago

1986 was the 'Harmonic Convergence', I remember I was there. I just came back from New England and I could say the same thing just replacing 'healing oils' with diesel fuel. The locals know that Sedona is a scam, why our entire government here is a scam. Think about it this way you are returning home with a new appreciation of the place where you live just like in the ancient Egyptian tale of the shipwrecked sailor.