July 26 editorial
July 25, 2008
We couldn’t be more proud of Summit County’s newest sports roster not just because the young athletes have enthusiasm, grit and determination, but because they have done something their elders have been unable to achieve. The girls, who are from all over the county, have come together as a team.
Even though their hometowns have squabbled with each other for generations, this summer the Silver Strikers from diverse backgrounds have created a dynamic softball team.
Their appearance at the head of the Triple Crown Fast Pitch World Series parade on Main Street last Monday said it all some carried skis or snowboards, others wore their ranch overalls and cowboy hats. They all wore smiles and the crowd roared their approval.
As Summit County residents head into a watershed election season during which a new five-member council will be chosen to replace the old three-member commission, we hope the grownups will take their cue from the Silver Strikers.
Summertime may have melted away memories of the last bitterly contested county election, but it is likely that the usual East versus West, Democrat versus Republican and North versus South animosities will emerge as soon at the campaign signs start reappearing in September. Unfortunately, those deep divisions have plagued the county commission for decades.
This year, however, with the expansion of the board to five members, it may be possible to elect a truly representative county council one that reflects all of the unique cultural differences in Summit County.
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Just as we are learning from the national campaigns, today’s world is so interconnected that when one region falls on hard times, it affects everyone else too. The same can be said of Summit County if the tourism economy on the West side of the county falters, it ripples through North and South Summit. Conversely, when the agricultural interests on the East side suffer, residents in Park City and Snyderville see downturns in business too. And when either side neglects the environment, both experience air and water pollution.
Just as a softball team’s success is dependent on having players who respect each other’s unique abilities, Summit County voters need to pick politicians who will work well together. So when this fall’s election rhetoric heats up, we may just call on the Silver Strikers to referee.