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Editor:

The Park City Museum sends a huge thank you to Talisker Mountain Inc. for their recent contribution to the renovation and expansion of our new museum facility. More than 100 years ago, the historic Marsac Mill processed silver and lead ore on lower Swede Alley and the waste remained buried until we began construction, thus necessitating its removal. Talisker’s generous donation of taking the soil from our construction site on Swede Alley to their Richardson Flat repository has saved us the unexpected costs involved in trucking the soil to the next nearest repository in Tooele. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to David Smith and Kerry Gee for their diligence and hard work in finding such a terrific solution to this "mining history" issue.

Thank you, Sandra Morrison

Executive director Park City Historical Society & Museum

Bus drivers went out of their way

Editor:

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I want to thank our wonderful City/County transit system. I don’t think people realize how hard our bus drivers work or the extent they will go to help everyone.

I am a 3rd Grade teacher at Trailside Elementary School whose class of 23 students was taking the County bus to my house for Valentine’s Day. After the snowy day we missed our connection and the bus supervisor ended up sending a bus just for us to take to Silver Springs.

Park City is such a wonderful, caring community. Thank you so much.

Becky Brady

Park City

Is it parking or cheap billboard space?

Editor:

The current business behavior on display from RMA Real Estate seems to be on the very lowest end of both creativity and ethics. To try and put this into perspective, ask yourself if you owned a business like a hardware store, restaurant, law office or really any business, would you consider parking your vehicle plastered with your advertisement at the front door of another store, restaurant, or office that offers the same product or service? I would think this would be considered unethical as a business practice by anyone’s standard – well except for, it seems, RMA Real Estate.

Next time you drive down lower Main Street, take notice of the RMA timeshare resale vehicles, either the gaudy 3-D ad covering every inch of what use to be a Ford Expedition, or the brown Toyota truck (you know the one with the home-done duct tape stencil ad). The vehicles (one or the other) will be parked all day every day in a Main Street parking spot meant for you (or someone who needs it for something other than cheesy advertisement at city, citizen and merchant expense). It will be parked at the entrance and exit of the Marriott’s Summit Watch parking, in front of the Marriott Vacation Club International sales office. They will still be there after you read this, as I am quite sure any business that would operate in this way would certainly not care what the community or city may think of their use or our limited Main Street parking.

Nice business practice, RMA Real Estate. Who is the responsible owner/broker there anyway?

Kevin Fogarty

Park City

Ski industry still needs to green up its act

Editor:

Yesterday’s article, "Hit the Slopes and Help the Earth" (Park Record, Feb. 16-19), was a perfect example of how an activity that has a laundry list of environmental impacts can become "green washed" because of recycling programs and renewable energy use. The ski industry is by no means environmentally friendly and I think that a few issues should be addressed before skiing becomes a green activity.

These issues include: impacts to the forest community by supporting the development of lodges and large homes in forested areas; the production of carbon emissions from people getting to and from the resort either driving or flying hundreds of miles; and lastly, ski-equipment consumption caused by each year’s new models of skis, boots and clothing replacing perfectly good equipment.

I challenge ski resorts and the ski industry to look more closely at these practices to lessen their impacts before skiing can legitimately be called a green activity.

John D. Malloy

Salt Lake City

Violence in Middle East has many causes

Editor:

Frances Remillard’s thesis – outlined in the February 13th editorial – is that suicide bombings and the preaching of hatred are acts simply committed by individuals disenfranchised by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This contention is a gross oversimplification. The immoral crimes committed by so-called disenfranchised individuals are a reflection of the current rise of tyranny and fanaticism in the world.

The creators of "Ever Again" could have easily spliced images of Srebenica, Rwanda, or Cambodia with airplanes flying into buildings or videotaped beheadings. They chose the Holocaust instead. The allegory is the same.

The fire of tyranny spreading across the Islamic world has extraordinarily complex causes. Frances Remillard conveniently blames the Israelis. President Bush blamed the absence of democracy.

Such oversimplification is poison.

Steve Guthery

Park City

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