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Letters to the Editor, November 13-16, 2010

Now we can spell 'appreciative'

Editor:

A HUGE thank you to the Rotary Club for giving all the 3rd graders at McPolin new dictionaries. Sometimes we use the dictionaries to look up words we don’t understand. It is great that we have our very own dictionaries and that you gave them to us.

All the 3rd graders love them! Thanks again!

Olivia Marron, Samy Montiel

and all the McPolin 3rd graders

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PCMR ticket sales help Peace House

Editor:

Peace House thanks the Park City Mountain Resort for its generous support. The resort is pricing lift tickets at $25 (must be used before November 19) and donating all proceeds to Peace House. Tickets may be purchased at Cole Sports, Jans, Zions Bank and The Sports Den. Peace House appreciates their support. Tickets may also be purchased at the resort. Pick up your tickets, have a great ski day and come together as a community in support of a wonderful cause.

A few words about Peace House: It is a domestic violence shelter, but so very much more. Through education, shelter and support services, Peace House empowers women to break the cycle of domestic violence in their lives and the lives of their children.

Five thousand children have been through our education programs and 800 women and children have been through our outreach program. We service Wasatch and Summit counties and have provided 135 women and children shelter services, totaling 2,954 nights this year.

So — buy a ticket, pray for snow and know that you are making a difference.

Thanks again for the generosity of Park City Mountain Resort.

Carol Kotler

Chair of Peace House

This is an amazing place to live

Editor:

As I pulled out of the driveway into my neighborhood this morning, I noticed something. Or rather, I noticed a distinct lack of something — traffic.

You see, I live in Prospector and only a few short years ago I attended a standing-room-only meeting up at the city hall full of concerned residents. At that time, the Prospector neighborhood had a steady stream of cars speeding through the neighborhood each morning trying to avoid the traffic coming in on 224. Our kids were at risk, and we turned out in force to demand that the city do something about it.

These days there are very few cars and those on the streets drive slowly and carefully, gently reminded of their speed by the solar speed indicators placed on Sidewinder Drive.

As I listen to NPR and hear stories of two political parties that seem far more interested in vilifying the other to win votes than actually doing what is right and fixing the mess our country is in, I drive past the newly finished tunnel we requested under Kearns Blvd for the children to cross safely to school. Not only functional, but absolutely beautiful as well.

So in this coming season of giving thanks, I would like to extend a huge "thank you" to the people who work for the city — appointed, elected and employees — for the truly excellent job that they do. Not once have I had any dealings at the Marsac Building where I wasn’t treated with respect and kindness. In fact, I would go so far as to say that every person I have come into contact with was willing go well beyond their job description to assist me in whatever it was that brought me in on that particular day. The police are also are friendly, helpful and kind.

A big thanks as well to the citizens of Park City who rally together to make this such a great place to live. From the overwhelming passing of our open space and trails bond to all the non-profits and volunteers scraping by in a bad economy, to the people who get involved when they see something that needs to be changed, to the people who smile and say hello even if they don’t know you; we are a shining example of how a citizen and government partnership should work. Though we may not all agree on everything, I think we can all agree that Park City is a pretty amazing place to live and I am honored to call you all my neighbors, friends and fellow Parkites.

With all of the bad news around, it is easy to forget how lucky we are. Today, I wanted to recognize the good things. Season’s greetings to you all and let it snow!

Melissa Band

Park City

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