Letters to the Editor, November 18-20, 2009
November 18, 2009
A belated thank you to everyone involved in the election. Local interest was strong. Parkites turned out in record numbers (37%) for a true local election. The poll workers did a great job with the turnout and the Eccles Center proved itself to be an excellent choice for Election Day polling.
Thank you to my supporters for making my campaign possible.
Another thank you to the successful council candidates and their supporters for running campaigns with high levels of respect and integrity.
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What will our kids learn from this?
In reference to the article from the editor (on the tree house) dated Oct. 24-27:
I’m not one to live in the past, even though there are some very appealing memories of that time. Society today seems to be focused on all things material with less and less attention paid to thoughtfulness and communication. I find myself surprised when someone in the service industry, for example, is pleasant and can smile.
This is a roundabout way of commenting on the issue of the tree house. A father builds something for children that will offer hours of safe and creative play; that will keep children out of trouble and close to home. Instead of a neighborhood banding together and forming a community, they choose instead to build walls among themselves.
The children will have memories of contention and harsh words rather than those of all the fantasies of childhood. It’s too late, sadly, to rectify this situation. I only hope that the parents in this neighborhood recognize what has happened and the lessons that can be learned from it, that as adults we slowly lose our memories of what childhood should be and what the community of life used to be. I still have parts remaining of my son’s tree house and every time I look at that tree, I see my little boy being whoever he was on any given day and loving it.
The case against aerial profiteers
Issues surrounding helicopters flying over residential neighborhoods and ski areas demand review. Helicopters emit such damaging noise that pilots and passengers wear ear protection. They also emit subsonic waves that echo in our canyons, rattling windows, knocking pictures off walls, and intensifying the discomfort of the audible vibration. The noise amplifies when choppers take off and land.
Are our local realtors ready to disclose that their listings might be impacted by helicopter noise? Statistics show that if a hospital helipad has just three landings a day, value of nearby property drops a notch for every half-mile proximity to the hospital.
Other environmental issues are substantial. The typical helicopter holds only 4-8 passengers. The larger ones use more fuel, emit more pollution and are louder. They consume about 60-160 gallons of fuel/hour depending on size and weight capacity. They pollute more than most modes of transportation, releasing about three to five times the emissions of a diesel car. They foul the air and the serenity for wildlife as well as for humans.
What about the precedent of allowing one aerial profiteer to take to our local skies? How will all those luxury hotels seeking rooftop and parking-lot helipads be denied their right to thunder through our atmosphere while wooing the wealthy?
Then there are safety issues. Where will highly flammable storage fuel tanks be located? Sudden high winds can blow through these mountains. Where’s the emergency plan for the day a rescue chopper gets knocked out of the sky by a profiteering pilot over a hotel housing hundreds?
Lastly, let’s not forget that quiet is one of the primary pleasures of downhill, cross-country and backcountry skiing, or snowshoeing our wonderful, groomed winter trails. The pleasure and profits of a few should not be allowed to spoil the peace and quiet that hundreds of thousands of us visit or live here for. If the profiteers’ clients must have their privileges, let a less offensive snow cat take them to their private powder.
Beverly and Kenneth M. Hurwitz, MDs
Show your support for Silly Market
Thank you to our amazing community for a great Park Silly Sunday Market season! Because of your support, volunteerism, and conservatorship, we had over 90,000 visitors attend last summer and sent only two bags of trash to the landfill, bringing us within reach of our zero-waste goals! We hosted 55 nonprofit groups, 65 free kids’ activities, and 125 musical performances. If you have enjoyed this market and want to support future markets, the City Council will review the economic value of PSSM on Thursday, Nov. 19, 4-6 p.m., at the Marsac Building. Please show your support for continuing the market by attending this meeting or sending an email of support to your city councilors prior to this date. Their contact info can be found at: http://www.parkcity.org .
Kimberley Kuehn & Jewels Harrison
Founders, Park Silly Sunday Market
Why destroy scenic open space?
Currently, Park City is building multiple affordable-housing units on city-owned property in what was a beautiful meadow of open space adjacent to Snow Creek and a popular paved hiking-bike trail behind the new police station.
We have voted for multiple multi-million-dollar bond issues to preserve open space in the Park City area. So why are we destroying city-owned open space? Never again should we let this happen. Footprints that are already developed or residential neighborhoods should have been used.
Share the bounty with those in need
There seems to be some confusion about how food gets from my ranch to your plate. Movies, books, talk shows and even newspaper articles are all taking guesses about where food comes from, but I’m writing to give you a first-hand perspective from an actual rancher.
I am a fourth-generation cattle rancher raising Black Angus cattle to provide safe and wholesome beef for our community. I operate on the principle that I will leave the land and animals in better shape than I received them for the future generations that come after me.
Unfortunately, not everyone in this country has access to high-quality food. Join me in demonstrating gratitude for the abundance and variety of food we’re able to raise in this country by helping those in need. In the spirit of the holidays, support our local food banks. Donate food or serve a meal.