Letters to the Editor, November 11-13, 2009
November 11, 2009
Park City Municipal Corporation extends a sincere thank you to the Park City High School and Park City Performing Arts Foundation for use of the high school/Eccles Center for the 2009 Municipal Elections. Special thanks to Eccles Center Manager Dave Hallock, Vice-Principal Dave McNaughton, Scott Sine, Principal Hilary Hays and Summit County Clerk’s office.
A big thanks also to the high school students for sharing their parking lot with the voters, and McPolin and Treasure Mountain administrators for their help in directing voters to the Eccles Center lobby.
The consolidation of polls at the high school has worked out very successfully and Park City hopes to continue using the Eccles Center lobby for future elections. Thanks again to everyone.
Election official, Park City Municipal Corporation
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Cat owner’s dilemma is a sad tragedy
I am writing to support the cat owner’s stance in the letter to the editor ("Shelter lacks concern for pet owners," Nov. 4).
I can’t believe that even after the rightful owner of the cat arrived (she should have received a fine for having her cat without a collar), the shelter wouldn’t help her get the cat back and offered a "replacement." That is simply a sad tragedy, and quite frankly a bit ludicrous.
It just seems odd that they wouldn’t want to reunite the cat with its original owner.
Salt Lake City
Wait times minimal at Medical Center
I want to thank you for your article describing the differences between urgent cares and emergency rooms in the November 4 edition of The Park Record.
I encouraged The Park Record to write a story highlighting these differences and how it impacts the current health-care debate in our country. I think that (reporter) Andrew (Kirk) made some very important distinctions between urgent cares and emergency rooms that will help the readers to make educated decisions on their health care. However, I feel that the Park City Medical Center may have inadvertently and inappropriately taken the brunt of some of the examples.
While not directly stated, I sense that some of my conversation with Andrew regarding wait times in Salt Lake emergency rooms was extrapolated to our new hospital. While wait times can be extensive in Salt Lake, it is surely not the case at the Park City Medical Center. In fact, wait times have been almost nonexistent and care is being delivered in a very timely manner.
I want to reinforce that Dr. Kemp and his staff, including myself, take considerable pride in the quality patient care that is being provided in a timely manner, and I hope that the recent article isn’t misinterpreted by readers to the contrary.
The Park City Clinic is very pleased to partner with the Park City Medical Center Emergency Department and feel that the new facility has allowed us to escalate the care of our patients while keeping them in the Park City community.
Bill Pidwell, M.D.
Park City Clinic and Park City Medical Center
Admit your mistake and return the cat
This letter is to strike love into an individual person, one that can get my friend’s cat back into her arms. As a person that just rescued a bunny from the Orange County animal shelter, I pray that you guys do the right thing and return her baby. Someone made a mistake. Understandable. Now make it right. Thank you for your time.
Garden Grove, Calif.
We need more people like Randy Barton
Randy Barton is a father, a husband, a friend, a thinker, a seeker, a man with imagination and a very valuable member of, and an asset to the Park City community. Randy has been extremely supportive of non-profit organizations (as well as for-profit businesses) throughout the years, as a founder, a supporter, and a voice because he loves our community and wants it to flow with originality and opportunity for all.
He took over as theatre manager of the Egyptian Theatre because he truly cares about the soul of the Egyptian, the history and its meaning to the community. Randy understands that to lose the Egyptian Theatre would be a crushing blow to Main Street and Park City’s cultural landscape. He put himself in a tremendously difficult situation, not because he needed more work, but because he felt like his creativity and energy would be a much-needed shot in the arm to a floundering organization. Sure, some of his ideas may seem off the wall to many, but at least he is using his imagination and his efforts to make ideas a reality — all in the best interest of the theatre and the community.
We are all concerned about the Egyptian Theatre, its programming, and the diversity of its offerings because we share a passion for the theatre with Mr. Barton. It is up to us to participate with our ideas, our time, our money and contribute to the resurrection of the icon that is the Egyptian Theatre.
Thank you, Randy, for all that you have done and continue to do to contribute to the cultural landscape of Park City. Your efforts are much appreciated.
"There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination" — Willy Wonka.
Community conductor of musical affairs
Mountain Town Music
The town of Francis is the big winner
I wish to thank the many residents of Francis for their past, present and ongoing support in my bid for a Town Council seat. Voters showed strong support for all three candidates that ran, but special congratulations to Tal Adair and Gio Melendez! Your words of encouragement bolster me to continue my efforts when the new council will fill yet another council seat this January.
Over the years, many good things have been accomplished in Francis due to the hard work of many, many people. I look forward to working on what’s yet to be done. Congratulations to those Francis voters that did get out to vote: You became an active participant in your town’s future. Special thanks also to the election judges and other volunteers who helped make it happen.
The bottom line: Francis won!
Sally Elliott speaks for most of us
I am writing in response to Dave Serena’s letter: "Sally Elliott doesn’t speak for me." I think most people moved to Park City for the wonderful convenience of outdoor activities and not the convenience of big-box retailers. Salt Lake City is really not that far to drive, especially if you only have to make the trek once in a while (many of us have to commute down to SLC daily for work, so consider yourself lucky to be able to live and work in the same town). Who really needs to shop in that much bulk more than maybe once a month anyway? As for the tax benefits, I think Park City’s focus should stay with tourism not catering to the big-box retailers.
Who is running the show, anyway?
On November 4th we attended the County Council meeting in Coalville along with 50 or more neighbors. The council was gracious and hospitable in allowing us to voice our frustrations on the local 300-acres rezone from one residence per 20 acres to 255 residences on the same 300 acres. A density increase of 1,700%. Thank you, County Council!
Shame on the County Planning Commission for conducting "work sessions" which are closed to public comment. The young lady from County Planning appeared to be much more attuned and accommodating to the applicant and the mystery third-party speculator from over the mountain, than her constituents and long-time residents
It appears to me that this entire pilot project is using very flawed data. 2006-07 affordable-housing demand numbers are being used in a far different economic environment. The drop in Park City housing prices has significantly changed our real-estate market. Unemployment rose to 10.2% this week. If one were lucky enough to have a down payment and a funded mortgage, why would they buy a restricted (affordable housing dead) home when they could buy a similar priced home on the open market?
There is some good news this week! Goldman Sachs stimulus money has finally made it west of the Hudson River and has bailed out the Dakota Mountain Lodge at The Canyons. Do we need another high class spa and glitzy hotel in these very hard economic times?
Where are the founding fathers now?
I have been watching, on C-Span, the House of Representatives debating the 1,990-page health plan that few if any members can claim to have read, much less understood. I certainly fall in the "don’t understand" group. Nonetheless, it is clear that no member will be swayed by the rhetoric of any other member; the votes have been counted in advance and the majority feels certain of the outcome. It would be wise to, at this point, look to the thoughts of one of the founding fathers, James Madison, in the Federalist Papers: "It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they can not be read, or so incoherent that they can not be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow." Where are the giants of government when we need them?
Thanks, voters; now the work begins
Park City voters have once again shown that you can make a difference with your vote. Last week, they had to choose two City Councilpersons. The differences between the candidates were nuanced with some minor exceptions. In our door-to-door campaigning we all had the opportunity to speak with well-informed citizens regarding their concerns about what we all face in the coming years.
The turnout was good; the margins were slim. Kudos to the voters who demonstrated once again how much they appreciate our community and voiced that appreciation on Election Day. Thanks to all who participated in the process: voters, candidates, and their supporters. It was a civil campaign and I’m sure the other candidates share that opinion. Now the real work begins. I urge everyone to continue their participation in the process of government. Speaking from experience, I know that one person can make a difference.