Letters to the Editor
July 11, 2009
For many different reasons, the majority of Americans voted for Barack Obama and now he’s our guy, sitting there like a turtle on top of the fencepost. Nobody is sure how he got up there, and now that he is up there, he has no idea how to get down, or what to do next. We really didn’t change much, people, we just made some things worse.
We did NOT, however, elect Nancy Pelosi to any national office and I doubt seriously she could carry as much water as Sarah Palin, if put to the test. Pelosi’s latest blunder (which she hopes to HARM us all with before the impending recess) is the Mother of all Energy Taxes. Only from this poser and her cronies would come a new tax that would:
1. Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent.
2. Raise electricity rates 90% after adjusting for inflation.
3. Raise the cost of living of a typical household by $1,600 a year
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4. Raise residential natural gas prices by 55%.
5. Destroy 1-3 million jobs per year, every year until 2035.
(The facts listed above are from a Heritage study , and a Congressional Budget Office study .) As a Utah taxpayer and consumer of fossil fuels, I do NOT support this tax. Nor do I support the destructionist notion that the only way to make "alternatives" seem more cost-effective is to make our existing fuels cost too much. That’s like asking us to conserve oxygen and breathe less air by allowing polluters to put more of their crap in the air. It’s totally backwards. We need to put more faith in the technology that’s coming, and less in reactionary blowhards like Pelosi.
When it’s commercially viable, alternative-energy technology will be more broadly accepted. Until then, we need to stop making fossil fuels artificially expensive by jacking up taxes. If you want to control energy costs, find a way to control the speculators in the futures market. Tax them. There’s no practical reason for oil to ever be above about $50 a barrel, or gas more than about $5 per Mcf (thousand cubic feet). Shame on us for allowing speculators and foreign interests to almost treble those costs last year. I agree that we shouldn’t put rigs close to our national parks and monuments, but otherwise, drill here, and drill now.
Leash laws need to be enforced
Yesterday (July 7), I picked up my good friend from Houston who was visiting me in Park City from Intermountain Medical Center where he was released after being admitted to the trauma service for an intracranial hemorrhage and multiple other injuries including a large forehead gash requiring a plastic surgeon. He was admitted the prior day following a bicycle accident resulting from a large dog darting in front of his path while going downhill on Meadows Drive in Park City. The result was being thrown headfirst over his bike, landing on his head and being knocked unconscious for several minutes. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and, despite a police car arriving at the scene, I am not aware of a even a police report, much less a citation, being made.
I have lived seasonally in Park City for five years and, during my hikes, bike trips and strolls around town, I consistently see dogs running at large (unleashed) despite Park City’s leash law. Though many of these dogs are well behaved, I’ve been barked at, chased, and snapped at by unleashed dogs. Reading the police report in The Park Record on a regular basis I’ve yet to see any report of police action against owners of unleashed dogs.
I’m sure there was no harmful intent of either the owner or dog and, indeed, the owner was quite remorseful. However, the law exists to avert such easily preventable accidents. I urge The Park Record and indeed all citizens to take a more proactive role in enforcing the city’s leash law and preventing future incidents such as happened to my friend. Next time it could be a small child involved. Let’s enforce the law and keep that from happening.
Another successful July 4th celebration
The Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to be a part of Park City’s annual Fourth of July celebration, which is one of the best in the country! With local support, the Sunrise Rotary Club is able to provide an affordable lunch to citizens and visitors alike during the celebration.
Many thanks to Hanley’s Farmers Insurance, Smith’s Foods, Nicholas Foods, Kumbayah Catering, and the Park City Fire District for their support and donations for the luncheon. We would like to offer a particular thank you to Joe Hanley with Hanley’s Farmers Insurance for his extremely bighearted donation that enabled the Sunrise Rotary Club to raise funds that will be used to provide humanitarian services around the world.
Our Sunrise Rotary Club members are a diverse group of dedicated professionals whose service and hard work, along with friends and family, during the Fourth of July luncheon is one example of community service that occurs during the year. They are to be commended for their commitment to pooling their talents to support the community.
President, Park City Sunrise Rotary Club and chairperson, Fourth of July luncheon
Lodging firms don’t need state watchdogs
The Park Record’s editorial of 7/8 calling for more government regulation of private lodging companies is once again a case of the paper taking the position of "Ready, Fire, Aim."
What The Park Record fails to realize is that the debacles of two property-management company failures over the past 10 years would have happened regardless of what the legislature did or didn’t do. The two examples given by the paper were very different from one another and would have resulted in bankruptcy of both firms regardless of efforts to legislate against bad business practices. The newspaper’s call for more government regulation of the hospitality industry will most likely be an onerous set of rules that will result in increased costs for small businesses in this economically challenging time.
What Sen. Van Tassel stated in his interview by Andrew Kirk was that we should be cautious in how we proceed so that we do not exacerbate the problem with regulations that have counterproductive consequences. I believe he is taking a prudent approach to this issue by listening to varying opinions and seeing what shakes out prior to rushing forward with new laws.
Just as predicted, over the past few months we have seen property-management companies take new safeguards to protect owners, and owners call for new assurances as to how their nightly rentals are managed. These new contractual stipulations are taking place without government mandates. Amazing how the free market works!
The Park Record’s call for a "State Mandated Housecleaning" is nothing more than government intrusion into a problem that will sort itself out way before the state legislative session comes around in January.
Park City Chamber/Bureau