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Power company rolls out welcome mat

Editor:

Recently, employees at the Rocky Mountain Power office and warehouse in Silver Summit allowed the Park City firefighters access to their facility. We used a large portion of the warehouse to develop and practice techniques for victim search and rescue from large buildings. The training proved to be incredibly valuable, has increased firefighter awareness and safety, and enhanced our ability to perform high-risk rescues throughout the community. A huge thank you from PCFD to all who shared their work space with us at Rocky Mountain Power for an entire week.

Bob Evans

PCFD training officer

Films foster fear and hatred

Editor:

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In my opinion, the creators of the "Ever Again" film’s use of that title as well as their choice of the Holocaust were certainly not arbitrary as Mr. Guthery hints (Park Record, Feb. 20-22). Both those terms were used to remind people of the atrocities committed against the Jewish people and suggest that we need to guard against such things happening again. Yet we stand by and watch the Palestinian people being victimized by the policies of the Israeli government.

I think Ms Remillard’s use of the word "disenfranchised" confused Mr. Guthery. The Palestinian people are suffering far more than disenfranchisement. They are an occupied people, a people denied basic human rights, subject to arbitrary house demolitions, checkpoints between their homes and schools, hospitals and families, a people deserving of a homeland.

Films such as "Ever Again" serve only to foster fear and hatred.

Bill Melville

Venice. Fla.

Where’s that worker housing, Talisker?

Editor:

The failure of Talisker to meet its contractual obligations with City Hall is inexcusable. I suggest that David Smith, the Talisker attorney, should view and smell the traffic on Kearns Blvd. at 8 a.m. on any weekday morning. It would be evident that 15 units of worker housing is more important than the second and third vacation units at Empire Pass. Is Talisker’s lack of contractual compliance a sign of our new neighbor’s character? With Talisker’s acquisition of The Canyons, things may get worse in our tiny fragile town.

Hank and Jane Kiley

Park City

Has Marsac Building outlived its usefulness

Editor:

The town council is currently reviewing and putting forward a vote for the cap of renovation costs of the Marsac Town Hall building. At his point, the estimate has escalated to $6 million for a building that will only serve us for 10-15 years. Where it will end, nobody knows.

I can understand that the council would feel that it has a responsibility in retaining the old WPA building because of its historical value in Old Town. But it would be egregious think that this ill-functioning building as town hall would continue to serve this growing town and more a more forward-thinking position would be to build new on town-owned land. A new location would give us what Marsac doesn’t have: appropriate office/meeting space, room to expand, adequate parking, and easy access for the public. The police station serves as an example at the cost of $5.75 million.

The Marsac Building could be sold for development with the stipulation that the facade be retained for the very emotional attachment that the council is trying to respect. An asking price of $6 million does not sound unreasonable.

We’re fortunate that we can have it both ways it’s a win-win situation. How often does that happen?

Greta Church Park City

Cookies for Tirhas, kudos to kids Editor:

Last Saturday, many students from Ecker Hill International School participated along with Guy Sanderson in a very successful bake sale. Sanderson, a social studies teacher at Ecker Hill, and I met last summer at an outdoor concert. We made plans to have our sponsored daughter from Ethiopia, Tirhas Miteku, visit the school and speak to his classes about her country. Then, a couple of months later, Tirhas came back to speak to a larger group in the auditorium. When the students learned that we lacked some pledges for Tirhas’ tuition at Wasatch Academy, Sanderson and the students organized a bake sale at Smith’s and Wal-Mart.

Tirhas’ visa permits her to stay in the United States as long as she is a full-time student. She cannot go home and visit and must be in a private school. While she has a partial scholarship, the cost is still high. This act of kindness — parents, teachers, and students spent a Saturday to benefit Tirhas — is what makes our community so special. Many thanks to Mr. Sanderson, the students, parents, and all the people who brought cookies. Tirhas will be home in March and will be stopping by to say thanks in person.

Ginny Schulman Park City

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